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Snow vs. Shine: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on October 25, 2023
"Snow" refers to the soft white flakes that fall from the sky in cold conditions; "Shine" means to emit light or glow brightly.

Key Differences

"Snow" is primarily associated with weather phenomena, specifically the frozen precipitation that falls during winter or cold conditions. It's a natural meteorological occurrence that results when water vapor in the atmosphere freezes before reaching the ground, leading to soft, white flakes descending from the sky.
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On the contrary, "Shine" can be understood in numerous ways. At its core, to "shine" implies emitting light or reflecting light from a source. This can relate to anything from the sun shining brightly in the sky to the sheen on a polished object reflecting light.
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Interestingly, while "Snow" and "Shine" have distinct definitions, they can intersect in nature. For instance, after a snowfall, if the sun emerges and shines upon the fresh snow, the snow can glisten or sparkle, creating a mesmerizing play of light on the snowy landscape.
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In a broader interpretation, both words can also be employed figuratively. "Snow" might be used to describe overwhelming someone with many things at once, as in "snowed under with work." Meanwhile, "Shine" can imply standing out or excelling, as in "She really shines in her new role."
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Oct 25, 2023

Comparison Chart

Meaning

Frozen precipitation in the form of white flakes.
To emit or reflect light.
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Usage

Related to weather conditions.
Can refer to light or a state of excellence.
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Synonyms

Flurry, sleet, blizzard.
Glow, gleam, glisten.
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Contextual Use

Often used in meteorological discussions.
Broad usage, from weather to personal traits.
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Sentence Example

"It began to snow in the evening."
"Her eyes shine with excitement."
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Snow and Shine Definitions

Snow

Frozen precipitation in white, soft flakes.
The snow covered the entire landscape.
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Shine

To excel or stand out in an activity.
She shines in academics.
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Oct 10, 2023

Snow

To deceive or persuade with flattery.
He tried to snow the audience with his charm.
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Shine

A positive, sunny disposition.
Her shine is infectious to those around her.
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Snow

A television or radar image interference, appearing as random dots.
The old TV displayed nothing but snow.
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Shine

To emit light.
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Snow

A slang for cocaine.
He was caught with snow in his possession.
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Shine

To reflect light; glint or glisten.
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Snow

Frozen precipitation consisting of hexagonally symmetrical ice crystals that form soft, white flakes.
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Shine

To distinguish oneself in an activity or a field; excel.
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Snow

A falling of snow; a snowstorm.
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Shine

To be immediately apparent
Delight shone in her eyes.
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Snow

The white specks on a television screen resulting from weak reception.
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Shine

To aim or cast the beam or glow of (a light).
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Snow

(Slang) Cocaine.
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Shine

Past tense and past participle shined To make glossy or bright by polishing.
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Snow

(Slang) Heroin.
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Shine

Brightness from a source of light; radiance.
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Snow

To fall as or in snow.
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Shine

Brightness from reflected light; luster.
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Snow

To cover, shut off, or close off with snow
We were snowed in.
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Shine

A shoeshine.
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Snow

(Slang) To overwhelm with insincere talk, especially with flattery.
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Shine

Excellence in quality or appearance; splendor.
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Snow

(uncountable) The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation.
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Shine

Fair weather
Rain or shine.
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Snow

(uncountable) Any similar frozen form of a gas or liquid.
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Shine

Shines(Informal) Pranks or tricks.
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Snow

(countable) A snowfall; a blanket of frozen, crystalline water.
We have had several heavy snows this year.
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Shine

(Slang) Whiskey; moonshine.
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Snow

(uncountable) A shade of the color white.
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Shine

Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a black person.
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Snow

(uncountable) The moving pattern of random dots displayed on a television, etc., when no transmission signal is being received.
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Shine

To emit or reflect light so as to glow.
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Snow

Cocaine.
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Shine

To reflect light.
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Snow

Marine snow
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Shine

To distinguish oneself; to excel.
My nephew tried other sports before deciding on football, which he shone at right away, quickly becoming the star of his school team.
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Snow

A two-masted, square-rigged vessel, trysail-mast stepped immediately abaft the main mast.
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Shine

To be effulgent in splendour or beauty.
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Snow

(impersonal) To have snow fall from the sky.
It is snowing.
It started to snow.
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Shine

To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers.
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Snow

(colloquial) To hoodwink someone, especially by presenting confusing information.
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Shine

To be immediately apparent.
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Snow

(poker) To bluff in draw poker by refusing to draw any cards{{cite-book
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Shine

(transitive) To create light with (a flashlight, lamp, torch, or similar).
I shone my light into the darkness to see what was making the noise.
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Snow

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.
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Shine

(transitive) To cause to shine, as a light or by reflected light.
In hunting, to shine the eyes of a deer at night by throwing a light on them
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Snow

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.
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Shine

(transitive) To cause (something) to shine; put a shine on (something); polish (something).
He shined my shoes until they were polished smooth and gleaming.
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Snow

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.
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Shine

To polish a cricket ball using saliva and one’s clothing.
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Snow

To fall in or as snow; - chiefly used impersonally; as, it snows; it snowed yesterday.
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Shine

Brightness from a source of light.
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Snow

To scatter like snow; to cover with, or as with, snow.
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Shine

Brightness from reflected light.
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Snow

Precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
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Shine

Excellence in quality or appearance; splendour.
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Snow

A layer of snowflakes (white crystals of frozen water) covering the ground
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Shine

Shoeshine.
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Snow

English writer of novels about moral dilemmas in academe (1905-1980)
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Shine

Sunshine.
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Snow

Street names for cocaine
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Shine

(slang) Moonshine; illicitly brewed alcoholic drink.
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Snow

Fall as snow;
It was snowing all night
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Shine

(cricket) The amount of shininess on a cricket ball, or on each side of the ball.
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Snow

Conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end;
He bamboozled his professors into thinking that he knew the subject well
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Shine

(slang) A liking for a person; a fancy.
She's certainly taken a shine to you.
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Snow

To overwhelm or inundate.
She was snowed under with assignments.
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Shine

A caper; an antic; a row.
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Shine

To emit rays of light; to give light; to beam with steady radiance; to exhibit brightness or splendor; as, the sun shines by day; the moon shines by night.
Hyperion's quickening fire doth shine.
God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Cghrist.
Let thine eyes shine forth in their full luster.
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Shine

To be bright by reflection of light; to gleam; to be glossy; as, to shine like polished silver.
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Shine

To be effulgent in splendor or beauty.
Once brightest shined this child of heat and air.
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Shine

To be eminent, conspicuous, or distinguished; to exhibit brilliant intellectual powers; as, to shine in courts; to shine in conversation.
Few are qualified to shine in company; but it in most men's power to be agreeable.
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Shine

To cause to shine, as a light.
He [God] doth not rain wealth, nor shine honor and virtues, upon men equally.
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Shine

To make bright; to cause to shine by reflected light; as, in hunting, to shine the eyes of a deer at night by throwing a light on them.
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Shine

The quality or state of shining; brightness; luster, gloss; polish; sheen.
Now sits not girt with taper's holy shine.
Fair opening to some court's propitious shine.
The distant shine of the celestial city.
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Shine

Sunshine; fair weather.
Be it fair or foul, or rain or shine.
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Shine

A liking for a person; a fancy.
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Shine

Caper; antic; row.
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Shine

Shining; sheen.
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Shine

The quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
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Shine

Be bright by reflecting or casting light;
Drive carefully--the wet road reflects
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Shine

Emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light;
The sun shone bright that day
The fire beamed on their faces
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Shine

Be shiny, as if wet;
His eyes were glistening
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Shine

Be distinguished or eminent;
His talent shines
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Shine

Be clear and obvious;
A shining example
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Shine

Especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink;
Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna
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Shine

Throw or flash the light of (a lamp, etc.);
Shine the light on that window, please
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Shine

Touch or seem as if touching visually or audibly;
Light fell on her face
The sun shone on the fields
The light struck the golden necklace
A strange sound struck my ears
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Shine

Experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion;
She was beaming with joy
Her face radiated with happiness
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Shine

(of surfaces) make shine;
Shine the silver, please
Polish my shoes
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Shine

To emit or reflect light.
The moon shone brightly in the night sky.
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Shine

A bright polish or glow.
The shine on the wooden floor was impressive.
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Shine

To direct a light on something.
He shined the flashlight into the cave.
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FAQs

Is "Snow" exclusively a winter phenomenon?

While snow is common in winter, it can occur in higher altitudes or latitudes during other seasons.
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Is "Snow" always cold to touch?

Generally, yes, since snow is frozen water.
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What causes "Snow" in televisions?

It's often due to weak signal reception or interference.
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Can "Shine" refer to a specific time of day?

Yes, e.g., "rise and shine" typically refers to morning.
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Can "Shine" be used as a noun?

Yes, e.g., "The shine on the car was dazzling."
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Can "Shine" refer to an innate quality?

Yes, someone might be said to "shine" if they have an exceptional talent or charisma.
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Can "Shine" relate to emotions?

Yes, e.g., "Her eyes shone with happiness."
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How is "Snow" used in technology?

"Snow" can refer to interference on screens, resembling white flakes.
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Does "Shine" always imply brightness?

Not always. "Shine" can also mean to excel without reference to light.
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Is snowing and raining at the same time possible?

Yes, it's called sleet or sometimes "wintry mix."
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Can "Snow" be artificial?

Yes, there are artificial snow-making machines used especially in ski resorts.
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How is "Snow" formed?

Snow forms when water vapor in the atmosphere freezes into ice crystals.
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What does "Shine on" mean?

It can mean "keep going" or "continue to excel."
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Does "Shine" always mean literal light?

No, it can mean to stand out metaphorically.
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Does "Shine" imply positivity?

Generally, yes. To "shine" often carries positive connotations.
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How is "Shine" used in the context of care?

"Shine" can refer to polishing something, e.g., "shine your shoes."
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Is "Snow" ever used figuratively?

Yes, e.g., "snowed under" means being overwhelmed.
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Can "Snow" refer to other substances?

Yes, it's also slang for cocaine and can mean other white, flaky substances.
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Is "Snow" only a noun?

No, it can also be a verb, as in "It's snowing."
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Can "Shine" be related to cleanliness?

Yes, a cleaned or polished surface can shine or have a shine.
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Oct 25, 2023
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