snow·​field | \ ˈsnō-ˌfēld How to pronounce snowfield (audio) \

Definition of snowfield

: a broad level expanse of snow especially : a mass of perennial snow at the head of a glacier

Examples of snowfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Above the Swiss village of Saas Fee, a path leading to a mountain hut once passed through a summer snowfield on top of the Chessjen Glacier. Reuters, NBC News, 26 July 2022 After overnighting here, hikers strap on crampons and set off up the snowfield to the summit, where the Atlas Mountains open out and the views are relentless. Joe Minihane, CNN, 25 July 2022 While traversing a snowfield, though, Forrest twisted his knee. Outside Online, 25 Jan. 2021 Under the weight of even a single skier, an unstable snowfield can shift and send loose snow thundering down a mountainside. Lou Dzierzak, Scientific American, 30 Dec. 2020 The technology lets humans control avalanches without physically entering a potentially dangerous snowfield. Lou Dzierzak, Scientific American, 30 Dec. 2020 Video of three wolverines at the end of a snowfield then running through a meadow into a forest. Hannah Seo, Popular Science, 28 Aug. 2020 Simon Beck carefully plots his course before shuffling through a windswept snowfield high in the Rocky Mountains. Thomas Peipert, The Know, 16 Jan. 2020 The bright red photosynthetic algae -- which can thrive in very low temperatures -- are located in snowfields around the world. Fox News, 26 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of snowfield

1830, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Snowfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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