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Definition of snow noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] small, soft, white pieces (calledflake) of frozen water that fall from the sky in cold weather; this substance when it is lying on the ground Snow was falling heavily. We had snow in May this year. The snow was beginning to melt. Children were playing in the snow. 10 inches of snow were expected today. The snow didn't settle (= stay on the ground). Her skin was as white as snow. Topic CollocationsThe Weathergood weather be bathed in/bask in/be blessed with/enjoy bright/brilliant/glorious sunshine the sun shines/warms something/beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/streams through something fluffy/wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/light/stiff/cool/warm breeze blows in/comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/under somebody's feet/bootsbad weather thick/dark/storm clouds form/gather/roll in/cover the sky/block out the sun the sky darkens/turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/heavy/thick fog rolls in the rain falls/comes down (in buckets/sheets)/pours down snow falls/comes down/covers something/blankets something the wind blows/whistles/howls/picks up/whips through something/sweeps across something strong/gale-force winds blow/gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/is moving inland/hits/strikes/rages thunder rolls/rumbles/sounds (forked/sheet) lightning strikes/hits/flashes a (blinding/snow) blizzard hits/strikes/blows/rages a tornado touches down/hits/strikes/destroys something/rips through something forecast/expect/predict rain/snow/a category-four hurricane rain pours (down) get caught in/seek shelter from/escape the rain be covered/shrouded in mist/a blanket of fog be in for/brave/shelter from a/the storm hear rolling/distant thunder be battered/buffeted by strong winds battle against/brave the elementsthe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/clear the rain stops/lets up/holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/fog lifts/clears
  2. 2snows [plural] (literary) an amount of snow that falls in one particular place or at one particular time the first snows of winter the snows of Everest
  3. Idioms
    as clean, pure, etc. as the driven snow
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    extremely clean, pure, etc.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: snow