snowfield

noun
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 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 The species is the most common type of snow algae found in snowfields and mountains across the world, reports Jennifer Frazer at Scientific American. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2020 The stoneflies live in high-elevation, cold-water streams fed by glaciers and perennial snowfields in and around Glacier National Park in Montana, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and Native American tribal lands in western Montana. USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2019 The stoneflies live in high-elevation, cold-water streams fed by glaciers and perennial snowfields in and around Glacier National Park in Montana and Native American tribal lands in western Montana. Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of snowfield

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowfield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowfield. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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snowfield

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English Language Learners Definition of snowfield

: a large flat area of fallen snow

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