AskDefine | Define slush

Dictionary Definition

slush n : partially melted snow


1 make a splashing sound; "water was splashing on the floor" [syn: splash, splosh, slosh]
2 spill or splash copiously or clumsily; "slosh paint all over the walls" [syn: slosh, slosh around, slush around]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Half-melted snow
    As the skiing season drew to an end, there was nothing but slush left on the piste.
  2. Liquid mud or mire
  3. (plural slushes) flavored shaved ice


half-melted snow
  • Croatian: bljuzgavica
  • Finnish: loska

Extensive Definition

''This article is about the mixture of solid and liquid snow. For other uses of the term "slush", see slush (disambiguation).
Slush is a slurry mixture of snow and liquid water. In the natural environment, slush forms as ice or snow melts. This often mixes with dirt and other materials, resulting in a gray or muddy brown color. Often, solid ice or snow will block the drainage of fluid water from slushy areas, so slush often goes through multiple freeze/thaw cycles before completely disappearing. In areas where road salt is used to clear roadways, slush forms at colder temperatures than it would ordinarily, and only in salted areas; this can produce a number of different consistencies over the same geographical area.


Slush can be a problem on aircraft runways as the effect of excess slush acting on the aircraft's wheels can have a retarding effect during take off, causing accidents such as the Munich air disaster.
slush in German: Slush
slush in Norwegian: Slaps
slush in Norwegian Nynorsk: Slaps
slush in Polish: Błoto pośniegowe
slush in Russian: Снежура
slush in Finnish: Sohjo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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