snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \

Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plastic breathing tube used for swimming near the surface with the head underwater He swam about 250 yards on the surface, using a snorkel to breathe, to get past the barren sandy bottom.— Brian Clark No complicated equipment—just a mask, snorkel, and fins, and you're set to explore a shimmering world of exotic fish and Technicolor coral.— Richard Alleman
2 : a tube housing air intake and exhaust pipes for a vehicle's engine that can be extended above the water's surface so that the engine can be operated while the vehicle is partially or fully submerged Water entered the snorkel of an Argentine submarine and caused one of its batteries to short circuit before the vessel went missing this month, a navy spokesman said Monday.Chicago Tribune Most need to be specially modified … with extra ground clearance to get over big rocks, an exhaust snorkel for river crossings, industrial-strength suspension, and an engine with enough torque to power through mud and sand.— Jerry Guo

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling\ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce snorkeling (audio) \

Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to operate or swim submerged using a snorkel

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Other Words from snorkel

Verb

snorkeler \ ˈsnȯr-​k(ə-​)lər How to pronounce snorkeler (audio) \ noun

Examples of snorkel in a Sentence

Verb We snorkeled in the Caribbean on our vacation last year.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nicholas Bingham and Delroy Gooden put on their flippers, masks and snorkels, then wrap their faces to protect against stinging jellyfish. Washington Post, "AP Photos: Night fishing in moonlit sea in eerie silence," 3 Dec. 2019 On their first dive in February, Giusto said, the gondoliers dove into the canals with a simple diving masks and snorkels, with some inevitably taking in some of the polluted water. Claudio Lavanga, NBC News, "Gondoliers-turned-divers scour famed lagoon and canals for trash," 4 Nov. 2019 Nicholas Bingham and Delroy Gooden put on their flippers, masks and snorkels, then wrap their faces to protect against stinging jellyfish. David Goldman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Photos: Night fishing in moonlit sea in eerie silence," 18 Sep. 2019 Embark on a full-day snorkel adventure along the remote bays of West Maui—or over the lava caves on the remote island of Lana’i. National Geographic, "Hawaii Community Service: Island Habitat Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Weber had been wearing a diving mask and swim fins but not a snorkel. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Man drowns after underwater marriage proposal," 23 Sep. 2019 Boat tour to Looe Key: $29.94 (adult) and $24.95 (child) with masks ($2), snorkels ($4), and fins ($2). Nancy Depalma, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beaches in the Florida Keys," 19 July 2019 Embark on a full-day snorkel adventure along the remote bays of West Maui—or over the lava caves on the remote island of Lana’i. National Geographic, "Hawaii Community Service: Island Habitat Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 After a deep inhale, Fonts removes his snorkel and duck-dives. Nick Rahaim, SFChronicle.com, "Without abalone, spearfishing hooks North Coast anglers," 17 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rincon Beach Resort is on a pristine beach and offers guests snorkeling. Iris Van Rynbach, courant.com, "Rincon, Puerto Rico, an ideal destination for a family vacation," 10 Nov. 2019 Silent auction items include but are not limited to rafting on the Kenai, snorkeling in Maui and whale watching in Seward. $50. 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W Fifth Ave. Anchorage Daily News, "Ways to boogie this week: Brassy jazz, rap, burlesque, hip-hop violin — you name it," 7 Nov. 2019 Two tourists snorkeling off the northeast coast of Australia were mauled in a brutal shark attack where the predator is believed to have attacked one of the swimmers first and then return for the other. Fox News, "Shark attacks tourist off Australian coast, believed to have returned for another," 29 Oct. 2019 The Torrance, California college student was snorkeling with her family when she was fatally bitten on her arms, legs and buttocks. Victoria Albert, CBS News, "Another American tourist attacked by shark in the Bahamas," 5 July 2019 The men had been snorkeling Tuesday in the Whitsunday Islands when a shark bit off one man’s foot and mauled the other man’s leg. Washington Post, "Swedes used towels, rope on Britons’ shark bite injuries," 30 Oct. 2019 Just the FAQs, USA TODAY A British tourist lost his foot and another suffered a serious leg injury in a shark attack Tuesday while snorkeling off Australia's Whitsunday Islands, authorities say. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Man loses foot, another seriously injured in shark attack while snorkeling in Australia," 29 Oct. 2019 Once while snorkeling off Briny Breezes in 15 feet of water just offshore. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Rejoice as turtles make their return | Opinion," 15 Aug. 2019 The body of an 18-year-old British tourist who went missing July 1 while snorkeling by the Newport Pier has been recovered, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Daniel Langhorne, latimes.com, "Body found off Newport Beach coast identified as 18-year-old British man missing since July 1," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of snorkel

Noun

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snorkel

Noun

German Schnorchel

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The first known use of snorkel was in 1945

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Last Updated

6 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Snorkel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snorkeling. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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More Definitions for snorkel

snorkel

noun
How to pronounce snorkel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a special tube that makes it possible to breathe while you are swimming with your head underwater

snorkel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater while using a snorkel

snorkel

noun
snor·​kel | \ ˈsnȯr-kəl How to pronounce snorkel (audio) \

Kids Definition of snorkel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tube used by swimmers for breathing with the head underwater

snorkel

verb
snorkeled; snorkeling

Kids Definition of snorkel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to swim underwater using a tube for breathing

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