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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.
Origin of snowmobile
1920-25; snow + -mobile
Related forms
snowmobiler, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Their approach comes across as pure as the driven snowmobile.
  • She was relieved, therefore, when a big guy in a down jacket and snowmobile boots showed up and took the empty seat next to her.
  • Our plan was to be put in by helicopter in the saddle along with our snowmobile and sled, and then to drive to the top.
  • She eats moose, she rides a snowmobile, and she supports drilling.
  • The park is open year-round, but access in the winter is sometimes possible only by snowmobile.
  • Instead, the primary mode of transportation is snowmobile.
  • Glimpse the beauty of the fjords' icy waters aboard a snowmobile.
  • The change could open the door to hunters traveling by snowmobile and to the killing of pregnant females.
  • He handed over a thick stack of rubles and promised to deliver a snowmobile and an outboard motor.
  • With a snowmobile-inspired traction sole you'll be high-pointing indoors and out with the best of them.
British Dictionary definitions for snowmobile


  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 snowmobile

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

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