snowshoe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snowshoe travel on snowshoes "After a heavy snowfall, we have to snowshoe to the grocery store"
    • n snowshoe 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Snowshoe 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snowshoe A contrivance attached to the foot to enable the wearer to walk on deep snow without sinking to the extent of being disabled. There are two principal kinds—the web or Canadian, and the long or Norwegian. The Canadian is a contracted oval in front and pointed behind, and is from 3 to 5 feet long and from 1 to 2 feet wide, the foot being fastened on the widest part of the shoe by means of thongs and so as to leave the heel free. It has a light rim of tough wood, on which is woven from side to side a web of rawhide. The Norwegian is merely a thin board, about 8 feet long and 3 inches wide, slightly curved upward in front; it is especially adapted to mountains, in descending which by its use great speed is attained. See skee.
    • snowshoe To walk on snow-shoes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Snowshoe a great flat shoe worn to prevent sinking in the snow
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Quotations

  • Maya Angelou
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    “Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. snáw; Ger. schnee, L. nix, nivis.

Usage

In literature:

The tread of the snowshoes made a furtive crunching sound as it rhythmically broke the crisp surface.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
One February morning I set off alone on snowshoes to cross the "range," for the purpose of making some snow-measurements.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
Then he remembered his uncertain snowshoes.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
She lifted her round wickerwork snowshoes high with each step.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
There were seventy camels, soft-eyed gentle creatures, whose flat feet held them up on the soft sand like snowshoes.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Now we have run out of provisions and my partner's lamed by snowshoe trouble.
"Blake's Burden" by Harold Bindloss
I have said that I stood in dread of the necessity of snowshoeing in the Park, and, in lieu of that, of horseback riding.
"Camping with President Roosevelt" by John Burroughs
Clumsy with weakness, dizzy with disappointment, Shad reached to spread the skin, his snowshoes became entangled, he stumbled and fell.
"The Gaunt Gray Wolf" by Dillon Wallace
For an hour they worked, using McKay's snowshoes as shovels.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
He was on the Slave River now and for weeks traveled slowly but steadily northward on snowshoes.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
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In poetry:

Springtime into summer passed, with wild rose wreaths
Maidens decked the princess' raven locks;
But in Autumn played they with the yellow corn;
And in Winter oft on snowshoes circled round.
"Pocahontas - I The Little Princess" by Virginia Carter Castleman

In news:

A few years passed before that December blizzard beckoned us to rent snowshoes and poles and explore some local spots.
Snowshoe rentals available at the Tram's Adventure Center, $18.
Offers three-hour training and fun snowshoe trips on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting.
Put on some snowshoes .
Redfeather Snowshoe Tours, Copper Mountain.
Modern snowshoes let race junkies keep running in the deepest snow.
The first thing anyone who enjoys snowshoeing will tell you about learning the sport is that if you can walk, you can snowshoe .
"On snowshoes it seems a lot bigger," she said.
"As easy as it is to get here, I don't think people think of coming here to snowshoe ," Spencer said.
YANKEE has suggestions for snowshoeing , no lessons needed.
Snowshoes will be provided free of charge to participants in the first Snowshoeing Festival in Waterbury in north-central Vermont, to be held all day Saturday.
Snowshoeing to the picnic table.
Snowshoeing ,Valley View Walking Trails.
Garth and Georgia snowshoeing to the picnic table at our Valley View Walking Trails in Unadilla.
Mike Vinci of Albany snowshoes past the trail markers on the way up Harvey Mountain.
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