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[snoh-shoo] /ˈsnoʊˌʃu/
a contrivance that may be attached to the foot to enable the wearer to walk on deep snow without sinking, especially a light, racket-shaped frame across which is stretched a network of rawhide.
Indian yellow (def 1).
verb (used without object), snowshoed, snowshoeing.
to walk or travel on snowshoes.
Origin of snowshoe
1655-65, Americanism; snow + shoe
Related forms
snowshoer, noun Unabridged
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  • See if you can find out why the snowshoe keeps one from sinking in the snow.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • And even then they did not know that Antler had invented the snowshoe.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • The depression was a snowshoe trail, and it ended just beyond the little mound.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • And a snowshoe's the best help a man can have in the winter.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • While moving along under his heavy load he was surprised to come across the snowshoe tracks of another hunter.

    Oowikapun Egerton Ryerson Young
  • I made a number of snowshoe trips to see how sheep met this condition.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • And leap by leap, like some pale frost wraith, the snowshoe rabbit flashed on ahead.

    The Call of the Wild Jack London
  • Wrapping the snowshoe in this manner will at least double its life.

    Packing and Portaging Dillon Wallace
  • The snowshoe frames are made by the men, the babiche is cut and netted by the women, who display wonderful skill in this work.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • I think we could have made it, if the wolves had kept off and the snowshoe hadn't broken.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for snowshoe


a device to facilitate walking on snow, esp a racket-shaped frame with a network of thongs stretched across it
verb -shoes, -shoeing, -shoed
(intransitive) to walk or go using snowshoes
Derived Forms
snowshoer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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