Meaning of snowplough in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsnəʊplaʊ/


  • 1An implement or vehicle for clearing roads of thick snow by pushing it aside.

    ‘However, around 1,000 vehicles, vans and snowploughs worth in excess of £2.5 million are still earmarked for possible sale and 400 council employees could be transferred to the contractor.’
    • ‘When it snows again, snowplows bury your car, which may or may not have escaped one more week of having the rearview mirrors sheared off by passing delivery trucks.’
    • ‘That means they can use a snowplough to clear the roads and, unless they have a blizzard, it is passable.’
    • ‘The cities of Greenbelt, Takoma Park, and Ocean City have all recently adopted biodiesel fuel for their snowplows and other public-works vehicles and equipment.’
    • ‘For days or maybe even weeks afterward, everyone who goes to mail something will re-use your foot-holes to get past the 20-inch wall of dense-packed snow left in front of the sidewalk by the snowplow.’
    • ‘This winter, Jacob received another pleasant surprise - a snowplow clearing his street on the morning of the first snow.’
    • ‘The Council have deployed six gritters and four snowploughs and these will cover all the major roads in the county.’
    • ‘According to the municipality, 589 snowploughs had been cleaning the snow from the major streets and boulevards of the city.’
    • ‘Others fears are that snowploughs will not be able to get along the road in winter, and will leave it in a dangerous, frozen state.’
    • ‘Available with huge mowing decks, commercial mowers can turn on a dime, and many can be equipped with enclosed cabs and snowplows or snowblowers for winter use.’
    • ‘Prior to the start of the exercise, the platoons had gone out with snowplows to clear the worst of the snow away.’
    • ‘The snowplows had to open the roads before the highway patrol man could come to our rescue.’
    • ‘A snowplow creates a swirl of snow, which can blind the driver of a car following too closely or even a car approaching from the other direction.’
    • ‘The road was clean because the snowplow had just been through less than an hour ago.’
    • ‘City officials insisted that the efforts of an army of municipal workers kept traffic flowing on city roads Friday, saying that a total of 25,000 workers and 5,000 snowplows labored to clean up the main highways.’
    • ‘We'll see how the new mailbox stands up to the snowplows.’
    • ‘In other places, a snowplow led the way, throwing a white spray high into the air.’
    • ‘In Colorado, snowplows had to be called in on the first day of summer.’
    • ‘Transport bosses in the region are getting gritters and snowploughs ready and hospital accident and emergency departments are bracing themselves for a spate of accidents.’
    • ‘He actually saw his car, and it looked like a snowplow had come by (though he hadn't heard it).’
  • 2Skiing
    An act of turning the points of one's skis inwards in order to slow down or turn.

    ‘By Friday I was reasonably happy about my top-end skiing but still felt like an uncoordinated rhinoceros doing snowploughs.’
    • ‘Ski instruction, taught to officers by civilians, included herringbone climbing, kick turns, pole-jumping over logs and snowplows.’
    • ‘The last on this list of survival ski techniques, but perhaps most important, the snowplow is usually the first turning position learned in alpine or telemark skiing.’
    • ‘He showed me how to use my poles for instance, and how to do certain techniques such as the snowplow.’
    • ‘The most frequent, and startling encounter is when the shadowy form of a deer flits across the trail, on the very edge of headlamp range, resulting in a heart stopping snowplow, but never a collision.’
    • ‘The course consists of 10 days on snow doing snowploughs through to high-speed carving and a series of teaching sessions.’
    • ‘I saw her happily dodging trees in her wide snowplow as the instructor coached gently from behind: ‘Bend your knees, Emma.’’


[no object]
  • Ski with the tips of one's skis pointing inwards in order to slow down or turn.

    ‘I snowploughed down many a run’
    • ‘During such a test, the skier should avoid snowplowing and sliding on turns.’
    • ‘We rush down the glacier solving its intricacies by interminable weaving, creeping over tenuous bridges, snowplowing desperately below the shrouded rock.’
    • ‘‘Hey guys,’ she said to all of them, snowplowing to a stop and doing the group's handshake with Sergio and Peter.’
    • ‘It was impossible to snowplow in places, so I just concentrated and glued myself to the tracks, even if one leg skied off in another direction.’
    • ‘I instantly forgot the humiliation of being unable to snowplough, the pressure of thinking I'd fail and questioning why I was even bothering.’
    • ‘‘Hey Nick,’ she calls as she snowplows to a stop before plopping onto the bench next to her blond friend.’
    • ‘Soon they're learning how to fall safely and how to snowplough gently downwards.’
    • ‘You'll see them sideslipping and snowplowing, while moving at a speed so slow it's painful to watch.’