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snow·flake / ˈsnōˌflāk/ • n. 1. a flake of snow, esp. a feathery ice crystal, typically displaying delicate sixfold symmetry. 2. a white-flowered Eurasian plant (Genus Leucojum) related to and resembling the snowdrop, typically blooming in the summer or autumn.

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snowflake Informal A network made up of nodes that can each support a number of end-user devices, with the nodes themselves connected in an arbitrary configuration. A number of Ethernet hubs each supporting end-user systems connected by twisted pairs, with the hubs interconnected by coaxial cable or optical fiber, might be described as a snowflake.

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snowflake The result of the accumulation of ice crystals in a varied array of shapes. Very low temperatures usually result in small flakes; formation at temperatures near freezing point produces numerous crystals in large flakes.

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snowflake The result of the growth of ice crystals in a varied array of shapes. Very low temperatures usually result in small flakes; formation at temperatures near freezing point produces numerous crystals in large flakes.