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[snoh-muh-beel] /ˈsnoʊ məˌbil/
Also called skimobile, snowcat. a motor vehicle with a revolving tread in the rear and steerable skis in the front, for traveling over snow.
verb (used without object), snowmobiled, snowmobiling.
to operate or ride in a snowmobile.
1920-25; snow + -mobile
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snowmobiler, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for snow-mobile


  1. a small open motor vehicle for travelling on snow, steered by two skis at the front and driven by a caterpillar track underneath
  2. Also called bombardier. a larger closed motor vehicle with two skis at the front and a track at each side
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Word Origin and History for snow-mobile



1931, in reference to Admiral Byrd's expedition, from snow (n.) + ending from automobile, etc.

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Encyclopedia Article for snow-mobile


a one- or two-passenger motorized vehicle with one or two skis in front and an engine-driven single or double continuous track to propel it. Snowmobiles almost all follow the basic design of skis, fuel tank, engine, and seating for driver. They are steered by handlebars that control the skis and by shifting the position of the driver. Acceleration and braking are controlled by hand-squeeze throttle and brake controls on the handlebars.

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