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 Snake (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for snake

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 snake involved is an African bush viper, also known as Atheris squamigera. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: Newsom talks tough on reopening public schools; more details in Smart case," 15 Apr. 2021 Players vied to send their pieces to the center of a coiled, snake-like board, traveling counter-clockwise as guided by dice rolls. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Best Board Games of the Ancient World," 6 Feb. 2020 Once completed, the Coil Mound will join the finished Serpent Twin in Schiller Park — an effigy mound resembling a sidewinding snake, made from soil and ancestral dirt from numerous tribal lands in the U.S. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "Coiled snake earthworks installation from artist Santiago X and the American Indian Center is planned for Horner Park," 25 Feb. 2021 Today’s Doyle Rice reports that the team were also able to date somewhat more recent ancient paintings in the area, including a snake, a lizard-like creature, and additional kangaroo-like marsupials. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "17,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Painting Is Oldest Known Australian Rock Art," 23 Feb. 2021 The majority of the paintings were depictions of animals, including a snake, a lizard-like figure and three macropods. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Rock on! Australia's oldest painting is of the beloved kangaroo," 22 Feb. 2021 Others depicted animals including a snake, a lizard-like figure, and three macropods -- the family of marsupials that includes kangaroos, wallabies and quokkas. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Kangaroo painted over 17,000 years ago is Australia's oldest known rock art, scientists say," 22 Feb. 2021 Veterinarians recommend creating a vivarium with plants, rocks and tree branches for your snake to decrease stress and increase happiness. Kala Herh, NBC News, "18 best gifts for dogs, cats and other pets 2021," 11 Apr. 2021 Glance at the coffee table and see the petrified turtle with the liquid-gold articulated snake and a tiny figure astride an ermine. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "From the Archive: Tony Duquette's West Hollywood Home and Studio Has a Fascinating History," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Simply snake the semi-rigid tube into any tight space and the WF010 beams video back to your phone. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Crazy wireless camera that lets your phone see anywhere is $29 at Amazon for 2 more days," 16 Apr. 2021 Just snake the semi-rigid tube into any tight space and the WF010 beams live video back to your phone. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Last chance to get the crazy camera that lets your phone see anywhere for just $29," 26 Mar. 2021 Taylor has always been a plus rebounder for her size, able to snake into the paint for a few offensive rebounds or tap outs each game. Nick Moyle Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Celeste Taylor stars as sixth-seeded Texas women knock off third-seeded UCLA," 25 Mar. 2021 Just snake the semi-rigid tube into any tight space and the WF010 beams live video back to your phone. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Last chance to get the crazy camera that lets your phone see anywhere for just $29," 26 Mar. 2021 Long lines snake out of the few gas stations that remain open. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Specter of civil conflict in Lebanon looms as economic meltdown gives way to violence," 20 Mar. 2021 Just snake the semi-rigid tube into any tight space and the WF010 beams live video back to your phone. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Last chance to get a wireless camera that lets your smartphone see anywhere for $29," 5 Mar. 2021 Despite belonging to the cactus family Cactaceae, the moonflower's stem looks like large flat leaves and snake themselves around host plants, such as trees. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch First Time-Lapse Footage of a Rare Moonflower Cactus Blossoming," 3 Mar. 2021 My landlord has come to snake the drains, but that lasts only for about a day or two, and then the water backs up into my sinks again. Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, "Landlord unresponsive to requests," 22 Jan. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snake. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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