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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
Related forms
snowmobiler, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snowmobile
  • 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for snowmobile

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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