- the sport of swimming with a snorkel and face mask.
Origin of snorkeling
- 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 snorkeling
Nerd Cruise By Adam Rogers, Wired What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 22-28, 2014
December 28, 2014
In March, an American couple from Philadelphia photographed what looked like a skull during a snorkeling expedition.Natalee Holloway: Is the Bone in Aruba Hers?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 19, 2010
There's nothing that's more fun than snorkeling around the reefs.The Wailing Octopus
Harold Leland Goodwin
Idyllic beach, placid water, and coral reef make this a perfect place for snorkeling and swimming.
Hanauma Bay—This idyllic tropical beach is a public park, just perfect for snorkeling, swimming and picnicking.
- 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 snorkeling
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.