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snow

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snow \Snow\, noun [LG. snaue, or D. snaauw, from LG. snau a snout, a beak.] (Naut.) A square-rigged vessel, differing from a brig only in that she has a trysail mast close abaft the mainmast, on which a large trysail is hoisted.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snow \Snow\, noun [OE. snow, snaw, AS. sn[=a]w; akin to D. sneeuw, OS. & OHG. sn[=e]o, G. schnee, Icel. sn[ae]r, snj[=o]r, snaj[=a]r, Sw. sn["o], Dan. snee, Goth. snaiws, Lith. sn["e]gas, Russ. snieg', Ir. & Gael. sneachd, W. nyf, L. nix, nivis, Gr. acc. ni'fa, also AS. sn[imac]wan to snow, G. schneien, OHG. sn[imac]wan, Lith. snigti, L. ningit it snows, Gr. ni'fei, Zend snizh to snow; cf. Skr. snih to be wet or sticky. [root]172.]

1. Watery particles congealed into white or transparent crystals or flakes in the air, and falling to the earth, exhibiting a great variety of very beautiful and perfect forms.

Note: Snow is often used to form compounds, most of which are of obvious meaning; as, snow-capped, snow-clad, snow-cold, snow-crowned, snow-crust, snow-fed, snow-haired, snowlike, snow-mantled, snow-nodding, snow-wrought, and the like.

2. Fig.: Something white like snow, as the white color (argent) in heraldry; something which falls in, or as in, flakes.

The field of snow with eagle of black therein. --Chaucer.

{Red snow}. See under {Red}.

{Snow bunting}. (Zool.) See {Snowbird}, 1.

{Snow cock} (Zool.), the snow pheasant.

{Snow flea} (Zool.), a small black leaping poduran ({Achorutes nivicola}) often found in winter on the snow in vast numbers.

{Snow flood}, a flood from melted snow.

{Snow flower} (Bot.), the fringe tree.

{Snow fly}, or {Snow insect} (Zool.), any one of several species of neuropterous insects of the genus {Boreus}. The male has rudimentary wings; the female is wingless. These insects sometimes appear creeping and leaping on the snow in great numbers.

{Snow gnat} (Zool.), any wingless dipterous insect of the genus {Chionea} found running on snow in winter.

{Snow goose} (Zool.), any one of several species of arctic geese of the genus {Chen}. The common snow goose ({Chen hyperborea}), common in the Western United States in winter, is white, with the tips of the wings black and legs and bill red. Called also {white brant}, {wavey}, and {Texas goose}. The blue, or blue-winged, snow goose ({Chen coerulescens}) is varied with grayish brown and bluish gray, with the wing quills black and the head and upper part of the neck white. Called also {white head}, {white-headed goose}, and {bald brant}.

{Snow leopard} (Zool.), the ounce.

{Snow line}, lowest limit of perpetual snow. In the Alps this is at an altitude of 9,000 feet, in the Andes, at the equator, 16,000 feet.

{Snow mouse} (Zool.), a European vole ({Arvicola nivalis}) which inhabits the Alps and other high mountains.

{Snow pheasant} (Zool.), any one of several species of large, handsome gallinaceous birds of the genus {Tetraogallus}, native of the lofty mountains of Asia. The Himalayn snow pheasant ({Tetraogallus Himalayensis}) in the best-known species. Called also {snow cock}, and {snow chukor}.

{Snow partridge}. (Zool.) See under {Partridge}.

{Snow pigeon} (Zool.), a pigeon ({Columba leuconota}) native of the Himalaya mountains. Its back, neck, and rump are white, the top of the head and the ear coverts are black.

{Snow plant} (Bot.), a fleshy parasitic herb ({Sarcodes sanguinea}) growing in the coniferous forests of California. It is all of a bright red color, and is fabled to grow from the snow, through which it sometimes shoots up.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snow \Snow\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Snowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snowing}.] To fall in or as snow; -- chiefly used impersonally; as, it snows; it snowed yesterday.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snow \Snow\, verb (used with an object) To scatter like snow; to cover with, or as with, snow. --Donne. Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

snow

noun

1: precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals [syn: {snow}, {snowfall}]

2: a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground

3: English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980) [syn: {Snow}, {C. P. Snow}, {Charles Percy Snow}, {Baron Snow of Leicester}]

4: street names for cocaine [syn: {coke}, {blow}, {nose candy}, {snow}, {C}]

verb

1: fall as snow; "It was snowing all night"

2: conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end; "He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well" [syn: {bamboozle}, {snow}, {hoodwink}, {pull the wool over someone's eyes}, {lead by the nose}, {play false}]

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