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

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 man who fashioned himself a killer snake wants to raise your children. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Fantastic Voyage: Kobe Bryant Is Now an Entertainment Mogul with a Friendlier Mission," 12 July 2018 An Oklahoma toddler is recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake. Chrishayla Smith, ajc, "Copperhead snake bites Oklahoma toddler," 12 July 2018 Federal officials stopped a snake from getting on a plane. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Officers stop hidden snake from getting on plane," 10 July 2018 Casson Thomas, an 8-year-old from New Smyrna Beach, Fla., had the scare of a lifetime after being bitten by a venomous snake on July 4. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Boy, 8, gets 18 doses of anti-venom after painful snake bite," 10 July 2018 In 2012, a woman tucked a snake into her bra at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "A snake almost made it on a plane at Miami International Airport," 9 July 2018 An orb with sawtooth mouth clenches a snake, whose head disappears into a cut-out heart flecked with blossoms and flies. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 In it, a snake attacks a mockingbird nest, and the parents put up a heroic fight. Edith Newhall, Philly.com, "The Library Company and Free Library unpack their treasures for two must-see exhibits," 28 June 2018 Its best to simply leave a venomous snake alone, Jayne says. National Geographic, "Decapitated Snake Head Nearly Kills Man—Here’s How," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

On the site, once among L.A. County’s largest single-family home properties by acreage, are two gated entrances and a snaking one-mile-long private street installed during Allen’s ownership. Roger Vincent, latimes.com, "Paul Allen puts a $150-million price on storied acreage in Beverly Crest," 11 July 2018 The narrow, snaking layout suggests an underwater landscape carved by water. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018 Doctors do that with an embolization — snaking a catheter into the blood vessels of the kidney to find the right one and block it. Darlene Superville, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump pays return visit to hospitalized first lady," 15 May 2018 The Portuguese Fantasy Black-sand beaches, snaking cobblestone streets, intimate tapas spots, and glittering ocean views are the defining features of Intrepid Travel’s new nine-night Azores and Mainland Portugal package. Ashlea Halpern, The Cut, "12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries," 11 Apr. 2018 The elusive bear snaked through a busy downtown Anchorage. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, an elusive cinnamon-colored black bear sprinted through downtown Anchorage," 13 June 2018 The mourners snaked around the rows of seats, passed the casket and spilled into the parking lot of Marine Missionary Baptist. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Hundreds gather to celebrate the life of Keeven Robinson, who died in JPSO custody," 19 May 2018 As of lunchtime, the line snaked around the building twice. Tommy Rowan, Philly.com, "Meter expiring on PPA amnesty program," 30 Apr. 2018 Airports in places such as Manila and Jakarta are crumbling and surrounded by snaking traffic. The Economist, "East Asia has the world’s fastest growing tourist industry," 12 Apr. 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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More Definitions for snake

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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