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[snoh-feeld] /ˈsnoʊˌfild/
noun, Geology.
a large and relatively permanent expanse of snow.
Origin of snowfield
First recorded in 1835-45; snow + field Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Hot passions cooled before the breath of the snowfield and the glacier.

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • Then you saw the edge of the snowfield of Mount Sarmiento far to the south.

    With the Battle Fleet Franklin Matthews
  • For example, within a snowfield the summers remain relatively cold.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • Wherever, beneath the edge of a snowfield, the country shapes itself into a valley, there you will find a glacier.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • She impatiently dried the tears from her eyes, so that she could see over the snowfield in front of the house.

    From a Swedish Homestead Selma Lagerlf
  • For far above them a dark jagged line had opened across the snowfield, with the dull report they had heard.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • The moon just showed over the mountains in that direction which cast their strange black shadows on the snowfield.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
  • When that occurred, the growth of the snowfield as well as of the ice cap must have been accelerated by glacial movement.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • For a woman's colour to blossom warmly from a snowfield, means good news.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • She would tell her aunt when she got home again that she should like the change of going to snowfield for a week or ten days.

    Adam Bede George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for snowfield


a large area of permanent snow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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snowfield in Science
A large expanse of snow, usually with a smooth and uniform surface, and especially at the head of a glacier.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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