snorkel (n.) 1944, "airshaft for submarines," from Ger. Schnorchel, from Ger. navy slang Schnorchel "nose, snout," related to schnarchen "to snore" (see SNORE (Cf. snore)). 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.

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  • snorkel — ► NOUN ▪ a tube for a swimmer to breathe through while under water. ► VERB (snorkelled, snorkelling; US snorkeled, snorkeling) ▪ swim using a snorkel. DERIVATIVES snorkeller noun snorkelling …   English terms dictionary

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  • snorkel — I UK [ˈsnɔː(r)k(ə)l] / US [ˈsnɔrk(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms snorkel : singular snorkel plural snorkels a piece of equipment with a tube that fits in your mouth so that you can breathe while swimming under water II UK [ˈsnɔː(r)k(ə)l] / US… …   English dictionary

  • snorkel — I. noun Etymology: German Schnorchel Date: 1944 1. a tube housing air intake and exhaust pipes for a submarine s diesel engine that can be extended above the water s surface so that the engines can be operated while the submarine is submerged 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Snorkel — Schnorchel Un schnorchel (orthographe allemande), snorkel ou tube d air est un tube hissable à l immersion périscopique, permettant à un sous marin de faire fonctionner ses moteurs diesel, alimentant ces derniers en air sans avoir à faire surface …   Wikipédia en Français

  • snorkel — snor|kel [ˈsno:kəl US ˈsno:r ] n ↑gauge, ↑mask, ↑snorkel [Date: 1900 2000; : German; Origin: schnorchel] a tube that allows someone who is swimming to breathe air under water ▪ This is the best snorkel at that price …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • snorkel — snor|kel1 [ snɔrkl ] noun count a piece of equipment with a tube that fits in your mouth so that you can breathe while swimming under water snorkel snor|kel 2 [ snɔrkl ] (present participle snor|kel|ing or snor|kel|ling; past tense and past… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • snorkel — [[t]snɔ͟ː(r)k(ə)l[/t]] snorkels, snorkelling, snorkelled (in AM, use snorkeling, snorkeled) 1) N COUNT A snorkel is a tube through which a person swimming just under the surface of the sea can breathe. 2) VERB When someone snorkels, they swim… …   English dictionary

  • snorkel — snorkeler, n. /snawr keuhl/, n. 1. Also called, Brit., 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… …   Universalium

  • snorkel — 1. noun a) A hollow tube, held in the mouth, used by swimmers for breathing underwater. b) A retractable tube fitted in diesel engine submarines to allow sufficient ventilation that the engines may be used at …   Wiktionary

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