Definition of snorkel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsnɔːk(ə)l/


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1A tube for a swimmer to breathe through while under water: bring a snorkel and flippers to explore the offshore reef
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  • Now swap all skates, helmets and padding for flippers, snorkels and swimsuits.
  • If you can breathe through a snorkel, then you are well on the way towards one of the most enriching wildlife experiences of your life.
  • Once the swimmer has achieved ideal body position, the snorkel may be taken away to allow him to practice the low-profile breath.
2 (Snorkel) trademark A type of hydraulically elevated platform for firefighting: 50% of turntable ladders were replaced by Snorkels
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  • Left are the FS6, the one which gave the stranded firefighters a lift, and a 1970 Snorkel with a boom and a cage for real emergencies.

verb (snorkels, snorkelling, snorkelled; US snorkels, snorkeling, snorkeled)

[no object] (often as noun snorkelling)
Swim using a snorkel: the sea is incredibly clear—ideal for snorkelling snorkel around the unspoilt coral reefs
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  • Its white sandy beach, lapped by crystal clear waters and hundreds of types of colourful fish make it ideal for swimming and snorkelling.
  • While running keeps him fit, his passion is scuba diving and snorkelling and exploring the fascinating undersea world.
  • Scuba diving and snorkelling among the exotic fish, dolphins, rays and sharks is hugely popular.



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  • It's also a paradise for beach lovers, scuba divers and snorkelers, with pure-white sands; clear, shallow, 80-degree waters; reefs just offshore; and wrecks to explore.
  • Scuba divers and snorkelers explore historic shipwrecks and artificial reefs.
  • We watched as snorkeler after snorkeler harassed the lugubrious manatees.


1940s: from German Schnorchel.

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