- a device for submarines, having air intake and exhaust tubes: it makes long periods of underwater operation possible
- a breathing tube extending above the surface of the water, used in swimming just below the surface
- a hydraulic crane with a bucketlike aerial platform, mounted on a truck for firefighting, etc.
Origin of snorkelGerman schnorchel, inlet, breathing tube, literally , snort, akin to schnarchen, to snore, akin to snore
intransitive verb-·keled, -·kel·ing
- A breathing apparatus for swimmers and surface divers that allows swimming or continuous use of a face mask without lifting the head to breathe, consisting of a tube that curves out of the mouth and extends above the surface of the water.
- A retractable vertical tube in a diesel-engine submarine that contains air-intake and exhaust pipes for the engines and for ventilation, permitting extended periods of submergence at periscope depth.
intransitive verbsnor·keled, snor·kel·ing, snor·kels
Origin of snorkelGerman Schnorchel from dialectal nose (from its resemblance in shape to a nose)
(third-person singular simple present snorkels, present participle Commonwealth snorkelling, US snorkeling, simple past and past participle Commonwealth snorkelled, US snorkeled)
- To use a snorkel.