Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
Snob"by (?), a. Snobbish. [R.]
E. B. Ramsay.
Snob"ling, n. A little snob. [Jocose]
Snob*oc"ra*cy (?), n. [Snob + -cracy, as in aristocracy, mobocracy.] Snobs, collectively. [Hybrid & Recent]
Snod (?), n. [See Snood.] A fillet; a headband; a snood. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Snod, a. [Scot. snod to prune, put in order.] Trimmed; smooth; neat; trim; sly; cunning; demure. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Snoff (?), n. [Cf. Snuff.] (Mining) A short candle end used for igniting a fuse.
Snood (?), n. [AS. snd. Cf. Snare.]
1. The fillet which binds the hair of a young unmarried woman, and is emblematic of her maiden character. [Scot.]
And seldom was a snood amid
Such wild, luxuriant ringlets hid.
Sir W. Scott.
2. A short line (often of horsehair) connecting a fishing line with the hook; a snell; a leader.
Snood, v. t. To bind or braid up, as the hair, with a snood. [Scot.]
Snood"ed, a. Wearing or having a snood. The snooded daughter."
Snook (?), v. i. [Prov. E. snook to search out, to follow by the scent; cf. Sw. snoka to lurk, LG. snöggen, snuckern, snökern, to snuffle, to smell about, to search for.] To lurk; to lie in ambush. [Obs.]
Snook, n. [D. snoek.] (Zoöl.) (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 (?), n. [Scot. snooze to sleep; cf. Dan. & Sw. snus snuff.] A short sleep; a nap. [Colloq.]
Snooze, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snoozed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snoozing.] To doze; to drowse; to take a short nap; to slumber. [Colloq.]
Snore (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snored (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snoring.] [OE. snoren, AS. snora a snoring; akin to LG. snoren, snorken, snurken, to snore, D. snorken, G. schnarchen to snore, schnarren to rattle, MHG. snarren, Sw. snarka to snore, Icel. snarka to sputter, fizzle. Cf. Snarl to growl, Sneer, Snort. See Snoring.] To breathe with a rough, hoarse, nasal voice in sleep.
Snore, n. A harsh nasal noise made in sleep.
Snor"er (?), n. One who snores.
Snor"ing, n. (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 (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Snorting.] [OE. 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.
2. To snore. [R.] The snorting citizens."
3. To laugh out loudly. [Colloq.]
Snort, n. The act of snorting; the sound produced in snorting.
Snort, v. t. To expel throught the nostrils with a snort; to utter with a snort.
Snort"er (?), n.
1. One who snorts.
2. (Zoöl.) The wheather; -- so called from its cry. [Prov. Eng.]
Snot (?), n. [AS. snot; akin to D. snot, LG. snotte, Dan. snot, and to E. snout. See Snout.]
1. Mucus secreted in, or discharged from, the nose. [Low]
2. A mean, insignificant fellow. [Low]
Snot, v. t. To blow, wipe, or clear, as the nose.
Snot"ter (?), v. i. [From Snot.] To snivel; to cry or whine. [Prov. Eng.]
Snot"ter, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) 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.
Snot"ter*y (?), n. Filth; abomination. [Obs.]
To purge the snottery of our slimy time.
Snot"ty (?), a. Foul with snot; hence, mean; dirty.
-- Snort"ti*ly (#), adb. -- Snot"ti*ness, n.
Snout (?), n. [OE. snoute, probably of Scand, or Low German origin; cf. LG. snute, D. snuit, G. schnauze, Sw. snut, snyte, Dan. snude, Icel. snta to blow the nose; probably akin to E. snuff, v.t. Cf. Snite, Snot, Snuff.]
1. The long, projecting nose of a beast, as of swine.
2. The nose of a man; -- in contempt.
3. The nozzle of a pipe, hose, etc.
4. (Zoöl.) (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 (Zoöl.), any one of many species of beetles having an elongated snout and belonging to the tribe Rhynchophora; a weevil. -- Snout moth (Zoöl.), any pyralid moth. See Pyralid.
Snout, v. t. To furnish with a nozzle or point.
Snout"y (?), a. Resembling a beast's snout.
The nose was ugly, long, and big,
Broad and snouty like a pig.
Snow (?), n. [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.
Snow, n. [OE. snow, snaw, AS. snāw; akin to D. sneeuw, OS. & OHG. sn&emac;o, G. schnee, Icel. sn&ae;r, snj&omac;r, snajār, Sw. snö, Dan. snee, Goth. snaiws, Lith. snëgas, Russ. snieg', Ir. & Gael. sneachd, W. nyf, L. nix, nivis, Gr. acc. ni`fa, also AS. snīwan to snow, G. schneien, OHG. snīwan, 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.
&hand; 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.
Red snow. See under Red.
Snow bunting. (Zoöl.) See Snowbird, 1. -- Snow cock (Zoöl.), the snow pheasant. -- Snow flea (Zoöl.), 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, ∨ Snow insect (Zoöl.), 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 (Zoöl.), any wingless dipterous insect of the genus Chionea found running on snow in winter. -- Snow goose (Zoöl.), 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 (Zoöl.), a European vole (Arvicola nivalis) which inhabits the Alps and other high mountains. -- Snow pheasant (Zoöl.), 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. (Zoöl.) See under Partridge. -- Snow pigeon (Zoöl.), 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.
Snow (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snowed (); p. pr. & vb. n. Snowing.] To fall in or as snow; -- chiefly used impersonally; as, it snows; it snowed yesterday.
Snow, v. t. To scatter like snow; to cover with, or as with, snow.
Snow"ball` (?), n.
1. A round mass of snow pressed or roller together, or anything resembling such a mass.
2. (Bot.) The Guelder-rose.
Snowball tree (Bot.), the Guelder-rose.
<-- a snowball's chance in hell, [Colloq.] no chance; an infinitesimal chance. -->
Snow"ball`, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snowballed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snowballing.] To pelt with snowballs; to throw snowballs at.
Snow"ball`, v. i. To throw snowballs.
<-- 2. To increase in magnitude with accelerating momentum, achieving large proportions; -- by analogy with a snowball rolling down a steep hill, causing a large snow slide. -->
Snow"ber`ry (?), n. (Bot.) 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. (Bot.) See under Creeping.
Snow"bird (?), n. (Zoöl.) (a) An arctic finch (Plectrophenax, ∨ 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.]
Snow"-blind` (?), a. Affected with blindness by the brilliancy of snow. -- Snow"-blind`ness, n.
Snow"-bound` (?), a. Enveloped in, or confined by, snow.
Snow"-broth` (?), n. Snow and water mixed, or snow just melted; very cold liquor.
Snow"cap` (?), n. (Zoöl.) A very small humming bird (Microchæra albocoronata) native of New Grenada.
&hand; 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.
Snow"-capped` (?), a. Having the top capped or covered with snow; as, snow-capped mountains.
Snow"drift` (?), n. A bank of drifted snow.
Snow"drop` (?), n. (Bot.) 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, a.
Snow"flake` (?), n.
1. A flake, or small filmy mass, of snow.
2. (Zoöl.) See Snowbird, 1.
3. (Bot.) A name given to several bulbous plants of the genus Leucoium (L. vernum, æstivum, etc.) resembling the snowdrop, but having all the perianth leaves of equal size.
Snow"fleck` (?), n. (Zoöl.) See Snowbird, 1.
Snowl (?), n. (Zoöl.) The hooded merganser. [Local, U.S.]
Snow"less (?), a. Destitute of snow.
Snow"plow`, Snow"plough` (?), n. An implement operating like a plow, but on a larger scale, for clearing away the snow from roads, railways, etc.
Snow"shed (?), n. A shelter to protect from snow, esp. a long roof over an exposed part of a railroad.
Snow"shoe` (?), n. 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.
Snow"sho`er (?), n. One who travels on snowshoes; an expert in using snowshoes.
W. G. Beers.
Snow"shoe`ing, n. Traveling on snowshoes.
Snow"slip` (?), n. A large mass or avalanche of snow which slips down the side of a mountain, etc.
Snow"storm` (?), n. A storm with falling snow.
Snow"-white` (?), a. White as snow; very white. Snow-white and rose-red"
Snow"y (?), a.
1. White like snow. So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows."
2. Abounding with snow; covered with snow. The snowy top of cold Olympus."
3. Fig.: Pure; unblemished; unstained; spotless.
There did he lose his snowy innocence.
J. Hall (1646).
Snowy heron (Zoöl.), a white heron, or egret (Ardea candidissima), found in the Southern United States, and southward to Chili; -- called also plume bird. -- Snowy lemming (Zoöl.), the collared lemming (Cuniculus torquatus), which turns white in winter. -- Snowy owl (Zoöl.), 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 (Zoöl.), 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.
Snub (?), v. i. [Cf. D. snuiven to snort, to pant, G. schnauben, MHG. sn&umac;ben, Prov. G. schnupfen, to sob, and E. snuff, v.t.] To sob with convulsions. [Obs.]
Snub, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snubbed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snubbing.] [Cf. Icel. ssnubba to snub, chide, Sw. snubba, Icel. snubb&omac;ttr snubbed, nipped, and E. snib.]
1. To clip or break off the end of; to check or stunt the growth of; to nop.
2. To check, stop, or rebuke, with a tart, sarcastic reply or remark; to reprimand; to check.
3. To treat with contempt or neglect, as a forward or pretentious person; to slight designedly.
To snub a cable ∨ rope (Naut.), to check it suddenly in running out.
1. A knot; a protuberance; a song. [Obs.]
[A club] with ragged snubs and knotty grain.
2. A check or rebuke; an intended slight.
Snub nose, a short or flat nose. -- Snub post, ∨ Snubbing post (Naut.), a post on a dock or shore, around which a rope is thrown to check the motion of a vessel.
Snub"-nosed` (?), a. Having a short, flat nose, slightly turned up; as, the snub-nosed eel.
Snub-nosed cachalot (Zoöl.), the pygmy sperm whale.
<-- snub-nosed revolver, a revolver with a very short barrel. -- -->
Snudge (?), v. i. [Cf. Snug.] To lie snug or quiet. [Obs.]
Snudge, n. A miser; a sneaking fellow. [Obs.]
Snuff (?), n. [Cf. G. schnuppe candle snuff, schnuppen to snuff a candle (see Snuff, v. t., to snuff a candle), or cf. Snub, v. t.] The part of a candle wick charred by the flame, whether burning or not.
If the burning snuff happens to get out of the snuffers, you have a chance that it may fall into a dish of soup.
Snuff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snuffed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snuffing.] [OE. snuffen. See Snuff of a candle Snuff to sniff.] To crop the snuff of, as a candle; to take off the end of the snuff of.
To snuff out, to extinguish by snuffing.