snowshoe

noun
snow·​shoe | \ˈsnō-ˌshü \

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

In the meaning defined above

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Other Words from snowshoe

Verb

snowshoer \ˈsnō-​ˌshü-​ər \ noun

Examples of snowshoe in a Sentence

Verb

We snowshoed through the woods.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In the winter, strap on a pair of ice skates, snowshoes, or cross-country skis. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Top Wow Spots of Banff & Jasper National Parks," 22 Jan. 2018 More information: Mirror Lake has two winter snowshoe hikes through Fern Dell Gorge scheduled for Jan. 20 and Feb. 10. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mirror Lake's Fern Dell Gorge is a winter wonderland," 11 Jan. 2018 On Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak, the Stone Hut, built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, offers a snug, historic winter retreat for intrepid families who trek in on skis or snowshoes. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Yes, You Should Move Your Family to Vermont," 20 June 2018 Wheel & Sprocket offers onsite ski and snowshoe rentals from a hut near the Evergreen parking lot. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 of Wisconsin's best state parks to visit in winter," 8 Feb. 2018 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 My snowshoes were heavy, and Steve looked to be fighting for his life. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Sometimes, you go hunting because the dogs want to go," 13 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 A day of outdoor and studio activities, with scavenger hunts, hikes and other winter activities - ice skating, painting the pond, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing - weather permitting. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events Jan. 10," 16 Jan. 2018 My favorite activity was actually snowshoeing on Uneva Trail at Vail Pass. Ashley Mateo, Marie Claire, "Weekend Trip Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink in Vail, Colorado," 22 Dec. 2017 The Raven trail system also has a few loops open to snowshoeing, hiking, pets and fat-tire bikes. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In this Northwoods forest, snow and serene skiing are guaranteed," 22 Feb. 2018 Our alternative: snowshoeing around town and exploring the historic downtown. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Family travel: Have a backup plan if your itinerary melts away," 17 Mar. 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 \

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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