snowflake


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snow·flake

(snō′flāk′)
n.
1. A single flake or crystal of snow.
2. Any of several bulbous perennial plants of the genus Leucojum, native to Europe, having nodding white bell-shaped flowers.
3. A snow bunting.
4. Slang A person who is considered to be overly sensitive or too easily offended, especially as a result of believing himself or herself to be unique or special.

snowflake

(ˈsnəʊˌfleɪk)
n
1. (Physical Geography) one of the mass of small thin delicate arrangements of ice crystals that fall as snow
2. (Plants) any of various European amaryllidaceous plants of the genus Leucojum, such as L. vernum (spring snowflake), that have white nodding bell-shaped flowers

snow•flake

(ˈsnoʊˌfleɪk)

n.
1. one of the small crystals, flakes, or masses in which snow falls.
2. any of certain European plants belonging to the genus Leucojum, of the amaryllis family, resembling the snowdrop.
[1725–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snowflake - a crystal of snowsnowflake - a crystal of snow      
snow, snowfall - precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
H2O, water - binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
crystal - a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure
snow - a layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground
2.snowflake - white Arctic buntingsnowflake - white Arctic bunting      
bunting - any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of Europe or North America
Translations
نُدْفَةُ الْثَلجِنُدْفَة ثَلْج
снежинка
sněhová vločkavločka sněhu
snefnug
lumihiutale
snježna pahuljica
hópehelyhópihetőzike
snjókorn
ひとひらの雪
눈송이
vločka snehu
snöflinga
เกล็ดหิมะ
bông tuyết

snowflake

[ˈsnəʊfleɪk] Ncopo m de nieve

snowflake

[ˈsnəʊfleɪk] nflocon m de neige

snowflake

[ˈsnəʊˌfleɪk] nfiocco di neve

snow

(snəu) noun
frozen water vapour that falls to the ground in soft white flakes. We woke up to find snow on the ground; We were caught in a heavy snow-shower; About 15 centimetres of snow had fallen overnight.
verb
to shower down in, or like, flakes of snow. It's snowing heavily.
ˈsnowy adjective
1. full of, or producing a lot of, snow. The weather has been very snowy recently.
2. white like snow. the old man's snowy (white) hair.
ˈsnowball noun
a ball of snow pressed hard together, especially made by children for throwing, as a game.
ˈsnowboard noun
a board on which a person can stand and glide over snow for sport.
ˈsnow-capped adjective
(of mountains etc) having tops which are covered with snow. snow-capped peaks.
ˈsnowdrift noun
a bank of snow blown together by the wind. There were deep snowdrifts at the side of the road.
ˈsnowfall noun
1. a fall or shower of snow that settles on the ground. There was a heavy snowfall last night.
2. the amount of snow that falls in a certain place. The snowfall last year was much higher than average.
ˈsnowflake noun
one of the soft, light flakes composed of groups of crystals, in which snow falls. A few large snowflakes began to fall from the sky.
ˈsnowstorm noun
a heavy fall of snow especially accompanied by a strong wind.
ˌsnow-ˈwhite adjective
white like snow.
snowed under
overwhelmed eg with a great deal of work. Last week I was absolutely snowed under with work.

snowflake

نُدْفَةُ الْثَلجِ sněhová vločka snefnug Schneeflocke χιονονιφάδα copo de nieve lumihiutale flocon de neige snježna pahuljica fiocco di neve ひとひらの雪 눈송이 sneeuwvlokje snøfnugg płatek śniegu floco de neve снежинка snöflinga เกล็ดหิมะ kar tanesi bông tuyết 雪花
References in classic literature ?
Turn her into something that does not mind the cold," seemed a good suggestion of the doctor's, but the only thing they could think of that does not mind cold was a snowflake.
Like a rose-petal, he thought; cool and soft as a snowflake.
D'Artagnan found him watching the snowflake fluttering of the last scraps in space.
with which you may sweep or pave the streets, and split your kindlings, and the teamster shelter himself and his lading against sun, wind, and rain behind it -- and the trader, as a Concord trader once did, hang it up by his door for a sign when he commences business, until at last his oldest customer cannot tell surely whether it be animal, vegetable, or mineral, and yet it shall be as pure as a snowflake, and if it be put into a pot and boiled, will come out an excellent dun-fish for a Saturday's dinner.
She must have looked ghostly enough, that broken-down steamer, rolling in that snowstorm - a dark apparition in a world of white snowflakes to the staring eyes of that whaler's crew.
She took care to do everything according to the old woman's bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might, so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes.
I never noticed before what exquisite things snowflakes really are.
Struck in mid-air, a trifle of a flying machine, all its delicate gears tangled and disrupted, Cocky fell to the floor in a shower of white feathers, which, like snowflakes, eddied slowly down after, and after the plummet-like descent of the cat, so that some of them came to rest on her back, startling her tense nerves with their gentle impact and making her crouch closer while she shot a swift glance around and overhead for any danger that might threaten.
Below, above, around him were gulfs, monstrous gulfs of howling wind and eddies of dark, whirling snowflakes, and he was protected from it all by a little metal grating and a rail, a grating and rail that seemed madly infuriated with him, passionately eager to wrench him off and throw him into the tumult of space.
Then she took up the white foam that streaked the line of the advancing tide, and threw it upon the breeze, scampering after it with winged footsteps to catch the great snowflakes ere they fell.
The night was wintry; the north wind drove the snowflakes so sharply against the blinds that the old couple fancied that they heard a gentle rustling.
The gentlemen were dressed in the very latest Paris fashions, and the robes of the ladies glinted among the trees like so many snowflakes.