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[snoh-melt] /ˈsnoʊˌmɛlt/
water from melting, snow.
the amount of such water.
1925-30; snow + melt1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snowmelt
  • Evaporation vastly outpaces any rainfall, snowmelt or groundwater supply, reducing water volume and raising salinity.
  • The population is entirely dependent on glacier and snowmelt to irrigate crops.
  • Higher spring temperatures are causing the earlier snowmelt, and the timing of that melt influences the warming of the atmosphere.
  • Precipitation and snowmelt patterns also change, changing the frequency and magnitude of floods along with them.
  • Each tributary carries runoff and snowmelt from a different area.
  • People are using groundwater faster than rain or snowmelt can replace it.
  • Most shelters in the system are more rustic, with outhouses and snowmelt for water.
  • Some water in the gorges still reaches the ocean during the peak snowmelt season.
  • The snowmelt, combined with heavy rains, swept a raging river over roads.
  • Spring snowmelt and occasional summer and fall floods raise the river level.
British Dictionary definitions for snowmelt


water produced by the melting of snow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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