snare


1snare

noun \ˈsner\

: a device that has a loop (called a noose) which gets smaller when the end of it is pulled and that is used to catch animals : a kind of trap

: a position or situation from which it is difficult to escape

Full Definition of SNARE

1
a (1) :  a contrivance often consisting of a noose for entangling birds or mammals (2) :  trap, gin
b (1) :  something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, or impeded
(2) :  something deceptively attractive
2
[probably from Dutch snaar, literally, cord; akin to Old High German snuor]
a :  one of the catgut strings or metal spirals of a snare drum
b :  snare drum
3
:  a surgical instrument consisting usually of a wire loop constricted by a mechanism in the handle and used for removing tissue masses (as tonsils)

Examples of SNARE

  1. people caught in the snare of drug addiction
  2. <you fell for my clever snare, you fool!>

Origin of SNARE

Middle English, from Old English sneare, probably from Old Norse snara; akin to Old High German snuor cord and perhaps to Greek narkē numbness
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

2snare

transitive verb

: to catch (an animal) in a snare

: to cause (something) to become caught in something (such as a net or trap)

: to win or get (something) by skillful action or good luck

snaredsnar·ing

Full Definition of SNARE

1
a :  to capture by or as if by use of a snare
b :  to win or attain by artful or skillful maneuvers
2
:  to entangle or hold as if in a snare <any object that snared his eye — Current Biography>
snar·er noun

Examples of SNARE

  1. They caught fish and snared seabirds.
  2. Unfortunately, the nets also snare turtles.
  3. They snared first place in the contest.
  4. trying to snare business from competitors
  5. The shortstop snared a high throw from the outfield.

First Known Use of SNARE

14th century

Related to SNARE

Other Hunting and Fishing Terms

chum, covert, creel, flense, pitfall, seine, skulk, spoor, trawl

snare

noun \ˈsna(ə)r, ˈsne(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SNARE

: a surgical instrument consisting usually of a wire loop constricted by a mechanism in the handle and used for removing tissue masses (as tonsils or polyps)

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