- Also called, British, snort. a device permitting a submarine to remain submerged for prolonged periods, consisting of tubes extended above the surface of the water to take in air for the diesel engine and for general ventilation and to discharge exhaust gases and foul air.
- a hard rubber or plastic tube through which a swimmer can breathe while moving face down at or just below the surface of the water.
- to engage in snorkeling.
Origin of snorkel
Examples from the Web for snorkel
At the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean, you can snorkel with a retired Asian elephant Rajan.The World’s Craziest Underwater Adventures
May 14, 2014
Accompanied by a guide, viewers can snorkel or scuba dive to the sculptures for an up-close look.Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Sculptures Are a Sight to Sea
April 7, 2014
We put on flippers to snorkel and recognize turtles and fish from Finding Nemo.One First-Timer’s Adventures in Culebra and Puerto Rico
March 14, 2013
Our Xolo, Snorkel Louise, has had a difficult time expressing her peerless beauty.In Praise of the Mexican Hairless Dog
February 14, 2012
It was easy to agree on the type of face mask, snorkel, and fins.
The snorkel emerged and she blew it clear, then swam to the beach.
Rick led the way down the pier to the beach, carrying his mask, snorkel, and slippers.
He gripped the mouthpiece of his snorkel between his teeth, the rubber flange under his lips, and slid into the water.
Scotty pulled his mask into place and molded it to his face, then gripped his snorkel between his teeth.
- a device allowing a swimmer to breathe while face down on the surface of the water, consisting of a bent tube fitting into the mouth and projecting above the surface
- (on a submarine) a retractable vertical device containing air-intake and exhaust pipes for the engines and general ventilation: its use permits extended periods of submergence at periscope depth
- military a similar device on a tank, enabling it to cross shallow water obstacles
- a type of parka or anorak with a hood that projects beyond the face
- (intr) to swim with a snorkel
Word Origin and History for snorkel
1944, "airshaft for submarines," from German Schnorchel, from German navy slang Schnorchel "nose, snout," related to schnarchen "to snore" (see snore (n.)). So called from its resemblance to a nose and its noise when in use. The anglicized spelling first recorded 1949. The meaning "curved tube used by a swimmer to breathe under water" is first recorded 1951.