snowshoe

noun
snow·​shoe | \ ˈsnō-ˌshü How to pronounce snowshoe (audio) \

Definition of snowshoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a usually lightweight platform for the foot that is designed to enable a person to walk on soft snow without sinking and that typically consists of an oblong frame crossed with leather thongs or synthetic material

snowshoe

verb
snowshoed; snowshoeing

Definition of snowshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to travel on snowshoes

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Noun

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Other Words from snowshoe

Verb

snowshoer \ ˈsnō-​ˌshü-​ər How to pronounce snowshoer (audio) \ noun

Examples of snowshoe in a Sentence

Verb

We snowshoed through the woods.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whittaker Mountaineering next door rents snowshoes, skis, snow tubes, tire chains and more. See whittakermountaineering.com. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Strap on snowshoes for this race through the Phillips School Forest on Jan. 27. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hot Air Affair, Lake Superior Ice Festival and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 21 Jan. 2018 The National Park Inn and restaurant at Longmire is open year-round for lodging, food, gifts and snowshoe rentals. Carol Pucci, The Seattle Times, "For a visit without the crowds, head to Mount Rainier in winter," 20 Feb. 2019 Ski, snowshoe or hike 5 kilometers around Lake Minocqua by candlelight beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 24. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Birkie, Bockfest and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 18 Feb. 2018 The park road to the Paradise area, which features a visitor center and snowy terrain where many people ski and snowshoe, was closed. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Mount Rainier National Park closes lower-elevation gate amid government shutdown," 7 Jan. 2019 Some snowshoes will be available to borrow and there also will be hot beverages and marshmallows for roasting around a campfire. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "World's Longest Weenie Roast, Bald Eagle Watching Day and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 25 Feb. 2018 Humans have been using snowshoes for thousands of years. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What Is Snowshoe Racing? A Look Inside the Niche and Challenging Winter Sport," 17 Oct. 2018 Soldiers from Company B of the 339th Infantry Regiment wear snowshoes during a patrol in northern Russia. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Blombergs had told me the area is especially popular for snowshoeing in the winter, and snowshoe signs on trail markers were evidence of that. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 Curvy Kili Crew member Diandra Oliver, 36, grew up on rivers and mountains and spent most of her life hiking and snowshoeing in northern British Columbia. Kathleen Rellihan, Glamour, "Who Says Plus-Size Women Can't Climb Kilimanjaro?," 8 Mar. 2019 Private lessons are also available for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and other wintry outdoor activities, as are specific couples retreat packages tailored to the season’s best offerings. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "8 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways From New York City," 29 Dec. 2018 There are also extensive cross-country, snowshoeing and backcountry opportunities in the region, and the groomed and tracked trails at both Royal Gorge and Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center are a great place to start for novices. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Why Bay Area Residents Are Flocking to Truckee, California—And You Should Too," 11 Dec. 2018 There is ice skating, snowshoeing, boutique shopping, and pampering spas. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 Hiking, snowshoeing, fat-tire bikes and pets are not permitted on cross-country ski trails when they're groomed. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mirror Lake's Fern Dell Gorge is a winter wonderland," 11 Jan. 2018 For now, the preserve is popular for daytime use like hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and snowshoeing in the winter. Sunset, "This Southwestern Road Trip Is Filled with Hidden Gems," 22 Jan. 2018 Gather up the family and friends for some breathtaking views and snowshoe action. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Snowshoe under the stars to benefit JDRF | Idaho Statesman," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of snowshoe

Noun

1666, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1880, in the meaning defined above

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snowshoe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snowshoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light, wide frame that is attached to your shoe to make it easier to walk on soft snow without sinking

snowshoe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snowshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk with snowshoes

snowshoe

noun
snow·​shoe | \ ˈsnō-ˌshü How to pronounce snowshoe (audio) \

Kids Definition of snowshoe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light wide frame (as of wood or aluminum) that is worn under a shoe to prevent sinking into soft snow

snowshoe

verb
snowshoed; snowshoeing

Kids Definition of snowshoe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to walk with snowshoes

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