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

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You’ll be rewarded with views of Saint Mary’s Lake just below the snowfield and James Peak in the distance. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "How to Ski All Summer Long," 5 July 2018 The wall terminates at a series of crevasses that litter a 55-degree snowfield for a few hundred feet before aproning out into a flat expanse on the glacier. Matt Skenazy, Outside Online, "The Last Days of Marc-André Leclerc," 19 June 2018 For example, this explains why glaciers and snowfields exist at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, elevation about 19,341 feet, even though Kilimanjaro, in Africa, is located approximately 200 miles from the Equator. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: Are drops in air pressure, temperature related where rising altitude is concerned?," 20 June 2018 Search and rescue volunteers discovered his body the next day in a snowfield below Capitol’s north face. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 The wreckage is on a snowfield in steep, mountainous terrain, according to preliminary reports, Johnson said. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Pilot killed in plane crash near Whittier," 13 May 2018 The company became known for extravagant runway shows, with troupes of hip-hop ballerinas prancing through ersatz autumn forests and models traipsing across fake snowfields. Robert Williams,, "Moncler Transformed Ski Parkas With $1,000 Price Tags. What’s Next?," 17 Apr. 2018 On April 22, more than a million people across all seven continents took to the streets (and dirt roads and snowfields) to declare themselves, not dispassionately, for the fundamental political value of science. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "How the March For Science Became a Movement," 13 Apr. 2018 The birds coasted down the snowfield to the valley below. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Two dogs, hunting by their own set of rules," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of snowfield

1830, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of snowfield

: a large flat area of fallen snow

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