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 Each spring for years, Jones and Turetsky, both Arctic wetland experts, took snowmobiles into interior Alaska to sample permafrost. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "The Arctic’s thawing ground is releasing a shocking amount of dangerous gases," 5 Feb. 2020 People fat tire bike through trails along the Valley Floor, fish in the San Miguel River, snowmobile in the backcountry, and catch shows in the Telluride Arts District. Stephanie Granada, Sunset Magazine, "Top Colorado Ski Resorts," 24 Jan. 2020 People race snowmobiles on steep slopes, and dip through heath on skis. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 The design works great in snowmobiles, which don’t have to worry much about heat, excessive weight, or too much traction. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Honda Talon X: The Ultimate Off-Road Toy," 4 Nov. 2019 The snowmobile was freed after several hours by a wrecking company. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "2 snowmobilers arrested for drunken driving, trespassing," 2 Feb. 2020 An initial report said Rumpf was unconscious after the snowmobile struck the tree. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A 21-year-old Hartland woman died in a snowmobile accident in Vilas County," 29 Jan. 2020 Whether it’s jet-boating in Machu Picchu with Red Savannah, rock-climbing in Colorado River’s write water rapids, or racing across Norway’s glaciers on snowmobiles, these destinations are sure to fuel an Arian’s venturous spirit. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Where To Travel In 2020 Based On Your Zodiac Sign," 11 Jan. 2020 Visitors may now travel the park’s interior roads on commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the North, West and South Entrances. USA TODAY, "Purple potatoes, suffragette mountain, pig your pardon?: News from around our 50 states," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of snowmobile

1923, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2020

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“Snowmobile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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