snow·​mo·​bile | \ ˈsnō-mō-ˌbēl How to pronounce snowmobile (audio) \

Definition of snowmobile

: any of various automotive vehicles for travel on snow specifically : an open vehicle for usually one or two persons with steerable skis on the front and an endless belt at the rear

Examples of snowmobile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The riders were with four other snowmobilers at the time, but the man who died was standing on a steep slope away from his snowmobile when the avalanche occurred. Mallika Kallingal And Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Snowmobiler who died in Colorado is the 28th killed in avalanches across the US this season," 19 Feb. 2021 He was transported to the road on the snowmobile of Mitchel Giggey, who also transported a rescue worker with the dog. Craig S. Semon, USA TODAY, "Snowmobilers help rescue 3 people, dog after small plane crashes in Massachusetts," 3 Feb. 2021 One all-female medical crew of four in December used a sled pulled by a snowmobile to deliver vaccine to the village of Shungnak in the state’s remote Northwest Arctic Borough. Cathy Free, Anchorage Daily News, "How is Alaska leading the nation in vaccinating residents? With boats, ferries, planes and snowmobiles.," 6 Feb. 2021 The next day, as authorities launched a search by air and by snowmobile, Earls strapped snowboards onto his feet, repurposing them as snowshoes, and hiked about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) to a high point with cell service and called 911. NBC News, "California man survives seven days stuck on snowy mountain road," 6 Feb. 2021 The snowmobile was later brought back to shore at 7:30 p.m. Christine Mui,, "Wilmington authorities recover snowmobile from Silver Lake," 2 Feb. 2021 Matthees, for instance, blew up a snowmobile with fireworks. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "With throttles wide open, small-town "CBoys" achieve YouTube stardom," 28 Jan. 2021 One resident built a ski groomer on his snowmobile and groomed a cross-country ski trail alongside the river. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "Warroad, Minn. comes together on a miles-long skate path," 29 Jan. 2021 The man was thrown from the snowmobile about 30 feet into a large rock, officials said., "Man seriously injured after losing control of snowmobile," 10 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of snowmobile

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snowmobile was in 1923

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1 Mar 2021

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“Snowmobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snowmobile

: a vehicle used for traveling on snow or ice


snow·​mo·​bile | \ ˈsnō-mō-ˌbēl How to pronounce snowmobile (audio) \

Kids Definition of snowmobile

: a small motor vehicle designed for travel on snow

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