Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large expanse of snow, especially at the head of a glacier.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large permanent expanse of snow on a mountain or at the head of a glacier.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a permanent wide expanse of snow

Etymologies

snow +‎ field (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • By dawn I was at the first snowfield, which had a good track in it.

    Summit Meetings

  • Our options were further limited by the fact that we need four-wheel drive — the Taconic, our preferred route upstate, is double the fun in a blizzard and the driveway of our house is essentially a snowfield until someone remembers to plow us out.

    Life on Four Wheels

  • Standing on a snowfield far from any city as oceans of 10-degree air flow from the north, one can peer into the disc of the galaxy as if from space.

    The Fire We Tend Against Winter

  • It is a curious source of pleasure to stand on the bridge and look up at the snowfield in the distant mountains and know that is where the stream begins.

    Bird Cloud

  • Above us we still had a steep, loose snowfield to cross and a large overhanging cornice to surmount before summiting — both of which would prove to be the hardest climbing of the route.

    A Long and Slippery Slope

  • Located in the Elk range just west of Aspen, Snowmass is known primarily for it's permanent snowfield (thus the name) and being very remote.

    alanarnette.com

  • They slept in unheated tents on a snowfield smooth as a starched shirt.

    Mining for Cold, Hard Facts

  • From Independencia, we traverse a long snowfield, then up steep snow to the base of the Canaletta at 22,100 feet.

    James M. Clash: Summit Day Suffering on 23,000 ft. Aconcagua

  • In fact, it's kind of fun to imagine some other intelligence peering down through their telescopes at our blue-white orb, trying to make sense of these giant images suddenly spreading across snowfield and desert and lagoon.

    Jamie Henn: Can art save the climate? 350 EARTH

  • So if the heavens do not open up and snow for you, then turn your own home into a snowfield.

    Christmas Decorations from Giftwarp

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