snake

noun
\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce snake (audio) \

Definition of snake

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of numerous limbless scaled reptiles (suborder Serpentes synonym Ophidia) with a long tapering body and with salivary glands often modified to produce venom which is injected through grooved or tubular fangs
2 : a worthless or treacherous fellow
3 : something (such as a plumber's snake) resembling a snake

snake

verb
snaked; snaking

Definition of snake (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to wind (one's way, one's body in crawling, etc.) in the manner of a snake
2 : to move (something, such as logs) by dragging

intransitive verb

: to crawl, move, or extend silently, secretly, or sinuously

Snake

geographical name
\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce Snake (audio) \

Definition of Snake (Entry 3 of 3)

river 1038 miles (1670 kilometers) long in the northwestern U.S. flowing from northwestern Wyoming across southern Idaho and into the Columbia River in Washington

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Other Words from snake

Noun

snakelike \ ˈsnāk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce snakelike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for snake

Synonyms: Noun

serpent, viper

Synonyms: Verb

lurk, mooch, mouse, pussyfoot, shirk, skulk, slide, slink, slip, sneak, steal

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Examples of snake in a Sentence

Noun

I thought she was my friend, but she turned out to be a snake in the grass. snakes are cold-blooded, so they regulate their body temperature by alternately basking in sunlight and seeking shade

Verb

The road snakes through the mountains. Cables snaked across the floor. Technicians snaked cables through the set. He snaked his way through the crowd.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Instead, Corey Binns writes in a separate Live Science article, snakes utilize two lower jaws that move independently of each other but are connected by an elastic ligament. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "See a Python Swallow a Crocodile Whole," 12 July 2019 As a result, many tall ferns and shrubs were growing beneath the canopy, creating a home for insects, spiders, and snakes. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "Courting controversy, scientists team with industry to tackle one of the world’s most destructive crops," 11 July 2019 At every stop, hundreds of fans snake around the block for a selfie. Charlie Campbell/tianan, Time, "Foxconn Founder Terry Gou Wants to be Taiwan’s President—and a Go-Between for U.S. and China," 11 July 2019 The 300-page environmental document produced by federal researchers analyzed and dismissed dozens of other possible mouse control methods, including feral cats, snakes, trapping and sterilization. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Coastal Commission to consider poisoning mice to restore balance on Farallon Islands," 10 July 2019 Fred, professional snake, has brokered a deal with Commander Winslow (Christopher Meloni). Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 3, Episode 7 Recap: A Criminal Record," 5 July 2019 To be legal, those fireworks must bear a logo from the state fire marshal and include such items as sparklers, snaps, smoke balls and snakes. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Officials remind revelers that setting off your own fireworks is illegal — and can be dangerous," 1 July 2019 However, there are some legal fireworks products, including handheld sparklers, party poppers, snap pops and ignitable snakes. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Five fireworks safety tips ahead of the Fourth of July holiday," 27 June 2019 There’s a fancy cafe called Bru with plenty of empty tables, while the line for Dunkin’ snakes down the hall. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Our food critic ate her way through the Encore Boston casino so you don’t have to," 25 June 2019

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But outside the gates of the All England Lawn Tennis Club, a line of spectators snakes down Church Road, across a pedestrian bridge and serpentines through a massive grass park on the other side of the street. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "Wimbledon fans camp out for days to buy tickets: ‘It’s a very jolly atmosphere’," 10 July 2019 The trail follows the grade of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad, a narrow-gauge line that, beginning in the late 19th century, snaked its way through the rugged San Juan Mountains, including stops in Telluride and other remote silver mining towns. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019 Only one major road – Route 41, partially paved and largely dirt – snakes its way inward within the path of totality. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A 6,000-mile path will experience a total solar eclipse next week. The display won’t be easy to see.," 26 June 2019 By daylight, the line snaked for more than a kilometer and included school children in uniform. Fox News, "'We are trapped': Zimbabwe's economic crunch hits passports," 16 June 2019 Bria is a two-hour flight from the capital, Bangui, over an endless canopy of rain forest and snaking rivers. Sebastian Shukla, Tim Lister And Clarissa Ward, CNN, "The forgotten crisis that has displaced 1.2 million people," 27 June 2019 The lumbering drums, the perfect harmonies and Paul’s delicious, snaking bass through the whole damn thing. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Before 'Yesterday,' Global Beatles Day celebrates unforgettable Fab Four," 25 June 2019 The Cuyahoga River, just south of the city’s downtown area, snaking for 100 miles across Ohio and emptying into Lake Erie, proved the perfect place for factories to set up camp. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969," 19 June 2019 Then hike down to Miage Glacier, which snakes down from the Mont Blanc massif into Val Veni. National Geographic, "Tour du Mont Blanc," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of snake

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1653, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for snake

Noun

Middle English, from Old English snaca; akin to Old Norse snakr snake, Old High German snahhan to crawl

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snake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an animal that has a long, thin body and no arms or legs
chiefly US, informal : a bad person who tells lies and betrays other people
: a long thin tool that is used to clear out blocked pipes

snake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snake (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move like a snake : to follow a twisting path with many turns

snake

noun
\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce snake (audio) \

Kids Definition of snake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a limbless reptile that has a long body with scales and feeds usually on large insects or small animals and birds
2 : a person who is mean or can't be trusted

snake

verb
snaked; snaking

Kids Definition of snake (Entry 2 of 2)

: to crawl, wind, or move like a snake The parade snaked its way along Main Street.

snake

noun
\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce snake (audio) \

Medical Definition of snake

: any of numerous limbless scaled reptiles (suborder Serpentes synonym Ophidia) with a long tapering body and with salivary glands often modified to produce venom which is injected through grooved or tubular fangs

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