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

Harahan resident Ronald Lee Puckett posted on Facebook that the snake was first seen slithering around by a neighbor mowing his lawn. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Five-foot long Texas rattlesnake hitches truck ride to Louisiana, according to authorities," 22 July 2019 Mufasa’s brother, Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), is the snake in this garden, scheming first to kill Simba, the rightful heir to the throne, and then to get rid of Mufasa. New York Times, "‘The Lion King’ Review: The Art of Herding Digital Cats," 11 July 2019 The smaller snake is being cared for by someone with experience handling pythons. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Tuscaloosa python remains on the loose; search turns to storms drains," 29 June 2019 The chair of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture told Hawaii News Now that exotic creatures are a threat to the state’s unique environment and that the snake, which measured about 1-foot-long, was being taken to Oahu for safe handling. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Snake on a plane! It happened on a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Hawaii," 13 June 2019 Reckless delivered ammo on the frontlines of the Korean War), snakes aren’t known for much more than scaring the tuna salad out of Floridians who find them in their garage. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "How A North Carolina Python Won A Purple Heart," 10 June 2019 And so the snake has been associated with the tree for a very, very long time. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 The snake was not harmed in the process, according to the Facebook post. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "When a 6-foot snake slithered out of his toilet, dad knocked son over running away, he says," 12 June 2018 Hines said the snake was caught and released back into the woods nearby. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Florida prep school apologizes for using tiger as prom prop," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stilt roots and snaking roots and buttresses like sculpture and roots that breathe air. Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic, "The Novel That Asks, ‘What Went Wrong With Mankind?’," 11 May 2018 On a quiet corner of the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, just a few blocks from the snaking line for Au Cheval, an unassuming blue door transports you with Narnia efficiency into an oasis of Japanese calm. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Kumiko Is a New Bar in Chicago That Will Instantly Transport You to Japan," 11 June 2019 Read this: 3 years later, Bevin is still investigating former Gov. Steve Beshear Jump ball Bevin and Beshear's bitter rivalry is evident within three other cases still snaking through the court system. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "In the fierce campaign for governor, Beshear may be exaggerating his court wins over Bevin," 22 May 2019 Geomorphologists have long measured statistical laws that river networks seem to obey — the longest stream snaking through a basin, for example, seems to be proportional to the area of the basin raised to the power of 0.6. Quanta Magazine, "A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’," 28 Nov. 2018 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

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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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