snake

noun
\ˈsnāk \

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 \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms for snake

Synonyms: Noun

bastard, beast, bleeder [British], blighter [chiefly British], boor, bounder, bugger, buzzard, cad, chuff, churl, clown, creep, cretin, crud [slang], crumb [slang], cur, dirtbag [slang], dog, fink, heel, hound, jerk, joker, louse, lout, pill, rat, rat fink, reptile, rotter, schmuck [slang], scum, scumbag [slang], scuzzball [slang], skunk, sleaze, sleazebag [slang], sleazeball [slang], slime, slimeball [slang], slob, so-and-so, sod [chiefly British], stinkard, stinker, swine, toad, varmint, vermin

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

The passenger did not embark on the flight to the Caribbean island, and neither did the snake. CBS News, "Airline passenger tries to "artfully conceal" baby python in hard drive, TSA says," 10 July 2018 Godwin said the snake was camouflaged in the middle of the path. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "'Hero' puppy takes on rattlesnake bite, saving owner, during walk," 2 July 2018 For company, Marshall has a puppy named Nagini, after the snake in Harry Potter. John H. Tucker, Daily Intelligencer, "Rape at Rosie’s," 26 June 2018 The Carolinas Poison Center, based in Charlotte, says the copperhead is the most common venomous snake in North Carolina. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "'I felt every kind of pain you can imagine' Copperhead bites Charlotte rugby player | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018 If the government throws an individual into a snake pit, and the individual is not harmed by the snakes, but hurts himself escaping the pit, the government has still placed the individual in danger that has caused the individual harm. Hannah Leone, Aurora Beacon-News, "Lawsuit over ex-Aurora employee who gave police personnel files to imprisoned felon can go on, judge says," 2 Mar. 2018 The vitality of living is the snake eating its tail, in that it's funneled back into her own leisure adult psyche. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Altered Carbon' Star on the Show's Sensuality: "It's More About Warfare Than True Pleasure"," 13 Feb. 2018 The snakes can reach the top without slipping, which gives them a huge advantage over most legged organisms. Matthew Francis, Ars Technica, "“Life, uh, finds a way”—Applying lessons from evolution to go to Mars," 26 Jan. 2018 Rather, these believers choose to bring venomous snakes to their houses of worship. Julia Duin, WSJ, "Christian Serpent-Handlers Protect Us All," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During ablation surgery, a doctor snakes a catheter into the heart to intentionally scar these hyperactive hot spots. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "This Pro Skydiver Was Invincible—Until his Heart Stopped Beating Regularly," 22 June 2018 So Andy slowly snakes his hand across Azzedine’s leg and onto my lap. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Great Interview Magazine Caper," 16 June 2018 The line for photos — yours for about $11 — snaked down the length of the mall. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "'It's him! Trump!' Kim and 'Ultimate Donald' impersonators turn heads in Singapore," 10 June 2018 The queues snaked down London's Regent's Street on Friday as Nigeria fans waited to get their hands on the jersey. Stephanie Busari And Chris Giles, CNN, "Nigeria World Cup kit sells out in minutes as fakes flood Lagos markets," 1 June 2018 This charge eventually finds a path to the ground: a narrow channel of conductive air extending downward from the cloud that meets other delicate electrical tendrils snaking up from the ground. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "A Crash Course in Summer Thunderstorms," 27 June 2018 In checking on the ailing young man, authorities discovered a large fresh wound snaking down his abdomen. Kyle Swenson, Washington Post, "'A cruel harvest of the poor': Israeli allegedly behind human organ black market arrested in Cyprus," 8 Jan. 2018 The smaller photo on the back of our Frigidaire box (seen above) is more realistic, showing the AC sitting in the corner, the big hose snaking up to a window. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "I Bought a Portable Air Conditioner. Should You?," 21 July 2017 Lines of customers snaked through a Chandler mall in Arizona, a city southeast of Phoenix, according to a local ABC TV station. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Build-a-Bear built a promo that left frenzied Charlotte shoppers frustrated," 12 July 2018

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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

: 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 \

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 \

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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