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bliz·zard

 (blĭz′ərd)
n.
1.
a. A violent snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 35 miles (56 kilometers) per hour and visibility of less than one-quarter mile (400 meters) for three hours.
b. A very heavy snowstorm with high winds.
2. A torrent; a superabundance: a blizzard of phone calls.

[Originally a mid-19th century regional American term (Western United States), perhaps from earlier American regional blizzard, a stunning blow (suggested by blast, blow, bluster, etc.), or perhaps a compound of blizz- (either of imitative origin, or from 18-century American regional (Virginia) blizz, powerful rainstorm (of unknown origin)) + -ard.]

blizzard

(ˈblɪzəd)
n
(Physical Geography) a strong bitterly cold wind accompanied by a widespread heavy snowfall
[C19: of uncertain origin]

bliz•zard

(ˈblɪz ərd)

n.
1.
a. a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.
b. a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide area.
2. an inordinately large amount of something all at one time; avalanche.
[1820–30, Amer.; earlier: violent blow, shot]
bliz′zard•y, bliz′zard•ly, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blizzard - a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong windsblizzard - a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds
storm, violent storm - a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning
2.blizzard - a series of unexpected and unpleasant occurrences; "a rash of bank robberies"; "a blizzard of lawsuits"
series - similar things placed in order or happening one after another; "they were investigating a series of bank robberies"

blizzard

noun snowstorm, storm, tempest The blizzard has not just affected the Midlands.
Translations
عاصِفَةٌ ثَلْجِيَّةٌعاصِفَة ثَلْجِيَّة عَنِيفَة
vánice
snestorm
lumimyrskymyräkkä
mećava
hóvihar
blindhríî, stórhríî
猛吹雪
심한 눈보라
pūga
sniegavētra
zamiećblizzardnawałnawałaśnieżyca
blizard
snežni vihar
snöstorm
พายุหิมะ
trận bão tuyết

blizzard

[ˈblɪzəd] Nventisca f (fig) [of letters, bills etc] → aluvión m, avalancha f

blizzard

[ˈblɪzərd] nblizzard m, tempête f de neige

blizzard

nSchneesturm m, → Blizzard m; (fig: of products, letters, lawsuits) → Flut f(of von)

blizzard

[ˈblɪzəd] nbufera di neve

blizzard

(ˈblizəd) noun
a blinding storm of wind and snow. Two climbers are missing after yesterday's blizzard.

blizzard

عاصِفَة ثَلْجِيَّة عَنِيفَة vánice snestorm Schneesturm χιονοθύελλα vendaval, ventisca lumimyrsky tempête de neige mećava tempesta di neve 猛吹雪 심한 눈보라 sneeuwstorm snøstorm zamieć nevasca, tempestade de neve метель snöstorm พายุหิมะ kar fırtınası trận bão tuyết 暴风雪
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Fuchs told me everything I wanted to know: how he had lost his ear in a Wyoming blizzard when he was a stage-driver, and how to throw a lasso.
Varnum, on learning that Ethan Frome's old horse had carried me to and from Corbury Junction through the worst blizzard of the winter; greater still their surprise when they heard that his master had taken me in for the night.
He had been prepared to secure them through a shower of biting taunts, a blizzard of razor-like 'I told you so's'.
I went out over the Pass in a fall blizzard, with a rag of a shirt and a cup of raw flour.
A blizzard on Chilcoot would tie him up for a week.
They lined the rough-made boat down the mountain torrent, nearly losing it a dozen times, and rowed across the south end of Lake Linderman in the thick of a fall blizzard.
She walked leisurely in the blizzard as though she had no home to hurry to, she hugged under one arm a round loaf of black bread with an air of guarding a priceless booty: and Razumov averting his glance envied her the peace of her mind and the serenity of her fate.
Darkness had fallen, and a keen blizzard was blowing so that the streets were nearly deserted; but a few loiterers followed the group, and emboldened by invisibility shouted imprecations at the prisoner.
There came cruel, cold, and biting winds, and blizzards of snow, all testing relentlessly for failing muscles and impoverished blood.
Blizzards and cold made no difference to them, they were always on hand; they were on hand two hours before the sun rose, an hour before the work began.
We are getting near Bering Sea, and there are storms and blizzards.
They went across divides in summer blizzards, shivered under the midnight sun on naked mountains between the timber line and the eternal snows, dropped into summer valleys amid swarming gnats and flies, and in the shadows of glaciers picked strawberries and flowers as ripe and fair as any the Southland could boast.