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snake

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noun \ˈsnāk\

Definition of snake

  1. 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. 2 :  a worthless or treacherous fellow

  3. 3 :  something (such as a plumber's snake) resembling a snake

snakelike

play \ˈsnāk-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of snake in a sentence

  1. I thought she was my friend, but she turned out to be a snake in the grass.

  2. snakes are cold-blooded, so they regulate their body temperature by alternately basking in sunlight and seeking shade

Origin and Etymology of snake

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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snake

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Definition of snake

snaked

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snaking

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to wind (one's way, one's body in crawling, etc.) in the manner of a snake

  3. 2 :  to move (something, such as logs) by dragging

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to crawl, move, or extend silently, secretly, or sinuously

Examples of snake in a sentence

  1. The road snakes through the mountains.

  2. Cables snaked across the floor.

  3. Technicians snaked cables through the set.

  4. He snaked his way through the crowd.

1653

First Known Use of snake

1653


Snake

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geographical name \ˈsnāk\

Definition of Snake

  1. 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


SNAKE Defined for English Language Learners

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snake

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noun \ˈsnāk\

Definition of snake for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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snake

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Definition of snake for English Language Learners

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


SNAKE Defined for Kids

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snake

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noun \ˈsnāk\

Definition of snake for Students

  1. 1 :  a limbless reptile that has a long body with scales and feeds usually on large insects or small animals and birds

  2. 2 :  a person who is mean or can't be trusted


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snake

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verb

Definition of snake for Students

snaked

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snaking

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


Medical Dictionary

snake

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noun \ˈsnāk\

Medical Definition of snake

  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



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