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

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

An Alabama father of six is paralyzed and fighting for his life after being bitten by one of the deadliest snakes in the country. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Alabama Father Paralyzed After Venomous Coral Snake Bite: He 'Thought It Was Just a Kingsnake'," 16 May 2018 The first takeaway is that the Atlanta map snakes in all directions north if I-20 but is relatively quiet in the south metro area where large parks and pedestrian friendly areas are in shorter supply. Chris Joyner, AJC.com, "Fitness app map shows where Atlanta sweats," 29 Jan. 2018 But the most shocking moment of all was the realization that Nagini (yes, Voldemort's pet snake/Horcrux, Nagini) is actually a witch. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "New 'Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald' Trailer Confirms Voldemort’s Snake Nagini Was a Actually a WITCH," 25 Sep. 2018 The event features thousands of creepy-crawlies, including live lizards, snakes and the famous Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 Known as Megachirella wachtleri, this ancient lizard is the direct ancestor of 10,000 current species of reptiles (including lizards and snakes). Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "240 million year-old 'mother of all lizards' found," 31 May 2018 Prosecutors told jurors that Aprhil and her siblings lived in filthy and unsafe conditions where reptiles such as alligators, snakes and lizards were kept in containers, cages and small plastic pools that were easily accessible to the children. Glenn E. Rice And Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Alligators, snakes biased jurors against mom in Missouri child death case, court says | The Kansas City Star," 27 Mar. 2018 Power cords, too, snake across the gallery floors, sometimes as part of an art piece, more often merely serving it. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "MCA's new 'I Was Raised on the Internet' exhibition asks what the web has done to us," 2 July 2018 See More 400 132 105 As that friend reloaded the 9 mm handgun used to kill the snake, the gun went off, according to KLBK, striking Covington in the back. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Family friend was reloading after killing a snake. A 9-year-old got shot in the back," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Only your wit, your decisions, your thoughts, your opinions, would be allowed to swill, snaking like coils of smoke filling each room, traveling into me, your words replacing mine. Reema Zaman, Vogue, "The Woman I Would Have Been Had I Let Myself Love You," 13 Feb. 2019 There've been similar situations at Washington's Sea-Tac Airport and at New York City's La Guardia International, where snaking queues built up with limited officers there to handle the crowds on Sunday, according to ABC. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "TSA Workers Are Calling Out Sick as the Government Shutdown Rages On," 7 Jan. 2019 Then, narrow horizontal tunnels are excavated, snaking out sideways in different directions to reach and extract the coal. Krishna Pokharel, WSJ, "Divers Start Hunt for 15 Missing in Indian ‘Rathole’ Mine, Weeks After It Flooded," 30 Dec. 2018 At a multilevel Sears in Garden City, N.Y., a checkout line snaked halfway across one floor. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "For Sears Workers, a Chaotic, Heartbreaking Last Christmas," 23 Dec. 2018 This was back in the day when U.S. 93 still snaked its way across the top of the dam. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Hoover Dam: Tours, sightseeing and how to get there from Las Vegas and Phoenix," 23 May 2018 As of early afternoon, while the crowds of gilets jaunes snaked through Paris’s streets, there appeared to be few if any clashes with riot police. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "French Antigovernment Protesters March for Ninth Straight Weekend," 12 Jan. 2019 And while every travel method has its moments, planes really up the ante with snaking security lines, the death match to get your overhead luggage into the bin, and interminable delays. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Thanksgiving Air Travel Is Set to Be Busier Than Ever This Year—Here’s What to Know," 14 Nov. 2018 Arch Street was packed with cars when protesters snaked their way through. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Thousands in Philadelphia protest ICE and Trump," 30 June 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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The first known use of snake was before the 12th century

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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 \

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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