Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Snook (snōk) intransitive verb [ Prov. English snook to search out, to follow by the scent; confer Swedish snoka to lurk, LG. snöggen , snuckern , snökern , to snuffle, to smell about, to search for.] To lurk; to lie in ambush. [ Obsolete]

Snook noun [ Dutch snoek .] (Zoology) (a) A large perchlike marine food fish ( Centropomus undecimalis ) found both on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of tropical America; -- called also ravallia , and robalo . (b) The cobia. (c) The garfish.

Snooze (snōz) noun [ Scot. snooze to sleep; confer Dan. & Swedish snus snuff.] A short sleep; a nap. [ Colloq.]

Snooze intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snoozed ; present participle & verbal noun Snoozing .] To doze; to drowse; to take a short nap; to slumber. [ Colloq.]

Snore (snōr) intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snored (snōrd); present participle & verbal noun Snoring .] [ Middle English snoren , Anglo-Saxon snora a snoring; akin to LG. snoren , snorken , snurken , to snore, Dutch snorken , German schnarchen to snore, schnarren to rattle, Middle High German snarren , Swedish snarka to snore, Icelandic snarka to sputter, fizzle. Confer Snarl to growl, Sneer , Snort . See Snoring .] To breathe with a rough, hoarse, nasal voice in sleep.

Snore noun A harsh nasal noise made in sleep.

Snorer noun One who snores.

Snoring noun (Physiol.) The act of respiring through the open mouth so that the currents of inspired and expired air cause a vibration of the uvula and soft palate, thus giving rise to a sound more or less harsh. It is usually unvoluntary, but may be produced voluntarily.

Snort intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snorted ; present participle & verbal noun Snorting .] [ Middle English snorten ; akin to snoren . See Snore .]
1. To force the air with violence through the nose, so as to make a noise, as do high- spirited horsed in prancing and play. Fairfax.

2. To snore. [ R.] "The snorting citizens." Shak.

3. To laugh out loudly. [ Colloq.] Halliwell.

Snort noun The act of snorting; the sound produced in snorting.

Snort transitive verb To expel throught the nostrils with a snort; to utter with a snort. Keats.

Snorter noun
1. One who snorts.

2. (Zoology) The wheather; -- so called from its cry. [ Prov. Eng.]

Snot noun [ Anglo-Saxon snot ; akin to Dutch snot , LG. snotte , Danish snot , and to English snout . See Snout .]
1. Mucus secreted in, or discharged from, the nose. [ Low]

2. A mean, insignificant fellow. [ Low]

Snot transitive verb To blow, wipe, or clear, as the nose.

Snotter intransitive verb [ From Snot .] To snivel; to cry or whine. [ Prov. Eng.] Grose.

Snotter noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Nautical) A rope going over a yardarm, used to bend a tripping line to, in sending down topgallant and royal yards in vessels of war; also, the short line supporting the heel of the sprit in a small boat.

Snottery noun Filth; abomination. [ Obsolete]

To purge the snottery of our slimy time.
Marston.

Snotty adjective Foul with snot; hence, mean; dirty.

-- Snot"ti*ly adverb -- Snot"ti*ness , noun

Snout (snout) noun [ Middle English snoute , probably of Scand, or Low German origin; confer LG. snute , Dutch snuit , German schnauze , Swedish snut , snyte , Danish snude , Icelandic sn...ta to blow the nose; probably akin to English snuff , v.t. Confer Snite , Snot , Snuff .]
1. The long, projecting nose of a beast, as of swine.

2. The nose of a man; -- in contempt. Hudibras.

3. The nozzle of a pipe, hose, etc.

4. (Zoology) (a) The anterior prolongation of the head of a gastropod; -- called also rostrum . (b) The anterior prolongation of the head of weevils and allied beetles.

Snout beetle (Zoology) , any one of many species of beetles having an elongated snout and belonging to the tribe Rhynchophora; a weevil. -- Snout moth (Zoology) , any pyralid moth. See Pyralid .

Snout transitive verb To furnish with a nozzle or point.

Snouty adjective Resembling a beast's snout.

The nose was ugly, long, and big,
Broad and snouty like a pig.
Otway.

Snow noun [ LG. snaue , or Dutch snaauw , from LG. snau a snout, a beak.] (Nautical) 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.

Snow noun [ Middle English snow , snaw , Anglo-Saxon snāw ; akin to Dutch sneeuw , Old Saxon & Old High German snēo , German schnee , Icelandic snær , snjōr , snajār , Swedish snö , Danish snee , Goth. snaiws , Lithuanian snëgas , Russian snieg' , Ir. & Gael. sneachd , W. nyf , Latin nix , nivis , Greek acc. ni`fa , also Anglo-Saxon snīwan to snow, German schneien , Old High German snīwan , Lithuanian snigti , Latin ningit it snows, Greek ni`fei , Zend snizh to snow; confer Sanskrit snih to be wet or sticky. √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.

» 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, snow like, 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 . (Zoology) See Snowbird , 1. -- Snow cock (Zoology) , the snow pheasant. -- Snow flea (Zoology) , 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 (Botany) , the fringe tree. -- Snow fly , or Snow insect (Zoology) , 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 (Zoology) , any wingless dipterous insect of the genus Chionea found running on snow in winter. -- Snow goose (Zoology) , 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 ( C. cœrulescens ) 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 (Zoology) , a European vole ( Arvicola nivalis ) which inhabits the Alps and other high mountains. -- Snow pheasant (Zoology) , 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 ( T. Himalayensis ) in the best-known species. Called also snow cock , and snow chukor . -- Snow partridge . (Zoology) See under Partridge . -- Snow pigeon (Zoology) , 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 (Botany) , 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.

Snow intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snowed ; present participle & verbal noun Snowing .] To fall in or as snow; -- chiefly used impersonally; as, it snows ; it snowed yesterday.

Snow transitive verb To scatter like snow; to cover with, or as with, snow. Donne. Shak.

Snow banner A bannerlike stream of snow blown into the air from a mountain peak, often having a pinkish color and extending horizontally for several miles across the sky.

Snow-blind adjective Affected with blindness by the brilliancy of snow. -- Snow"- blind`ness , noun

Snow-bound adjective Enveloped in, or confined by, snow. Whittier.

Snow-broth noun Snow and water mixed, or snow just melted; very cold liquor. Shak.

Snow-capped adjective Having the top capped or covered with snow; as, snow-capped mountains.

Snow-white adjective White as snow; very white. " Snow-white and rose-red" Chaucer.

Snowball noun
1. A round mass of snow pressed or roller together, or anything resembling such a mass.

2. (Botany) The Guelder-rose.

Snowball tree (Botany) , the Guelder- rose.

Snowball transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snowballed ; present participle & verbal noun Snowballing .] To pelt with snowballs; to throw snowballs at.

Snowball intransitive verb To throw snowballs.

Snowberry noun (Botany) A name of several shrubs with white berries; as, the Symphoricarpus racemosus of the Northern United States, and the Chiococca racemosa of Florida and tropical America.

Creeping snowberry . (Botany) See under Creeping .

Snowbird noun (Zoology) (a) An arctic finch ( Plectrophenax, or Plectrophanes, nivalis ) common, in winter, both in Europe and the United States, and often appearing in large flocks during snowstorms. It is partially white, but variously marked with chestnut and brown. Called also snow bunting , snowflake , snowfleck , and snowflight . (b) Any finch of the genus Junco which appears in flocks in winter time, especially J. hyemalis in the Eastern United States; -- called also blue snowbird . See Junco . (c) The fieldfare. [ Prov. Eng.]

Snowcap noun (Zoology) A very small humming bird ( Microchæra albocoronata ) native of New Grenada.

» The feathers of the top of the head are white and snining, the body blue black with a purple and bronzy luster. The name is applied also to Microchæra parvirostris of Central America, which is similar in color.

Snowdrift noun A bank of drifted snow.

Snowdrop noun (Botany) A bulbous plant ( Galanthus nivalis ) bearing white flowers, which often appear while the snow is on the ground. It is cultivated in gardens for its beauty.

Snowdrop tree . See Silver-bell tree , under Silver , adjective

Snowflake noun
1. A flake, or small filmy mass, of snow.

2. (Zoology) See Snowbird , 1.

3. (Botany) A name given to several bulbous plants of the genus Leucoium ( Latin vernum , æstivum , etc.) resembling the snowdrop, but having all the perianth leaves of equal size.

Snowfleck noun (Zoology) See Snowbird , 1.

Snowl noun (Zoology) The hooded merganser. [ Local, U.S.]

Snowless adjective Destitute of snow.

Snowplow, Snowplough noun An implement operating like a plow, but on a larger scale, for clearing away the snow from roads, railways, etc.

Snowshed noun A shelter to protect from snow, esp. a long roof over an exposed part of a railroad.

Snowshoe noun A slight frame of wood three or four feet long and about one third as wide, with thongs or cords stretched across it, and having a support and holder for the foot; -- used by persons for walking on soft snow.

Snowshoeing noun Traveling on snowshoes.

Snowshoer noun One who travels on snowshoes; an expert in using snowshoes. W. G. Beers.

Snowslip noun A large mass or avalanche of snow which slips down the side of a mountain, etc.

Snowstorm noun A storm with falling snow.

Snowy adjective
1. White like snow. "So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows." Shak.

2. Abounding with snow; covered with snow. "The snowy top of cold Olympus." Milton.

3. Fig.: Pure; unblemished; unstained; spotless.

There did he lose his snowy innocence.
J. Hall (1646).

Snowy heron (Zoology) , a white heron, or egret ( Ardea candidissima ), found in the Southern United States, and southward to Chili; -- called also plume bird . -- Snowy lemming (Zoology) , the collared lemming ( Cuniculus torquatus ), which turns white in winter. -- Snowy owl (Zoology) , a large arctic owl ( Nyctea Scandiaca , or N. nivea ) common all over the northern parts of the United States and Europe in winter time. Its plumage is sometimes nearly pure white, but it is usually more or less marked with blackish spots. Called also white owl . -- Snowy plover (Zoology) , a small plover ( Ægialitis nivosa ) of the western parts of the United States and Mexico. It is light gray above, with the under parts and portions of the head white.