Meaning of SNOW in English

I. ˈsnō noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English snāw; akin to Old High German snēo snow, Latin niv-, nix, Greek nipha (accusative)

Date: before 12th century


a. : precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals formed directly from the water vapor of the air at a temperature of less than 32°F (0°C)


(1) : a descent or shower of snow crystals

(2) : a mass of fallen snow crystals

2. : something resembling snow: as

a. : a dessert made of stiffly beaten whites of eggs, sugar, and fruit pulp

apple snow

b. : a usually white crystalline substance that condenses from a fluid phase as snow does

ammonia snow

c. slang

(1) : cocaine

(2) : heroin

d. : small transient light or dark spots on a television screen

• snow·less -ləs adjective

II. verb

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

: to fall in or as snow

transitive verb

1. : to cause to fall like or as snow


a. : to cover, shut in, or imprison with or as if with snow

b. : to deceive, persuade, or charm glibly

3. : to whiten like snow

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.