the sport of swimming with a snorkel and face mask.

1945–50; snorkel + -ing1 Unabridged


Also called, British, snort. a device permitting a submarine to remain submerged for prolonged periods, consisting of tubes extended above the surface of the water to take in air for the diesel engine and for general ventilation and to discharge exhaust gases and foul air.
a hard rubber or plastic tube through which a swimmer can breathe while moving face down at or just below the surface of the water.
verb (used without object)
to engage in snorkeling.

1940–45; < German Schnorchel air intake

snorkeler, noun Unabridged
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snorkel (ˈsnɔːkəl)
1.  a device allowing a swimmer to breathe while face down on the surface of the water, consisting of a bent tube fitting into the mouth and projecting above the surface
2.  (on a submarine) a retractable vertical device containing air-intake and exhaust pipes for the engines and general ventilation: its use permits extended periods of submergence at periscope depth
3.  military a similar device on a tank, enabling it to cross shallow water obstacles
4.  a type of parka or anorak with a hood that projects beyond the face
vb , -kels, -kelling, -kelled, -kels, -keling, -keled
5.  (intr) to swim with a snorkel
[C20: from German Schnorchel; related to German schnarchen to snore]

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Word Origin & History

1944, "airshaft for submarines," from Ger. Schnorchel, from Ger. navy slang Schnorchel "nose, snout," related to schnarchen "to snore" (see snore). So called from its resemblance to a nose and its noise when in use. The Anglicized spelling first recorded 1949. The meaning
"curved tube used by a swimmer to breathe under water" is first recorded in 1953.
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Example sentences
The park has a visitors center and beach, a good place to hone your snorkeling skills before boarding a dive boat.
He told police she was swept out to sea while snorkeling.
Apart from restrictions on fishing, the marine protected areas will permit
  diving and snorkeling only under strict guidelines.
We disembarked and hired a long-tail boat to take us snorkeling.
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