from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An oblong frame, usually strung with interlaced strips or a taut membrane, worn on the foot to enable walking on deep snow.
  • intransitive verb To travel on snowshoes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A contrivance attached to the foot to enable the wearer to walk on deep snow without sinking to the extent of being disabled.
  • To walk on snow-shoes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A slight frame of wood three or four feet long and about one third as wide, with thongs or cords stretched across it, and having a support and holder for the foot; -- used by persons for walking on soft snow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A flat item of footwear worn to facilitate walking in deep snow.
  • verb intransitive to travel using snowshoes

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

  • noun a device to help you walk on deep snow; a lightweight frame shaped like a racquet is strengthened with cross pieces and contains a network of thongs; one is worn on each foot
  • verb travel on snowshoes


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