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

Perhaps the prized possession of the museum is a large snakeskin that is believed to have belonged to Wessie, a 10-foot-long snake that was spotted by several people in the nearby Presumpscot River in 2016 and became something of a media sensation. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "How Portland became the center of the unknown create world (like Bigfoot, Nessie, the Yeti, all that stuff)," 26 June 2019 An armadillo, a praying mantis and a snake have appeared. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Review: Inside Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ tent, you’ll find pure enchantment," 20 June 2019 The ink depicts a snake in the middle of her back, which expands up into a cloud of butterflies that reach to her shoulders. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Your Guide to the References in Taylor Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down' Music Video," 17 June 2019 There were slinkier looks for evening, including a sequined snake slithering suggestively over the shoulder. Washington Post, "Sunnei to Palm Angels, streetwear in fashion focus in Milan," 16 June 2019 The bounty includes remains of various dinosaurs, plants, and fish; a huge crocodyliform called Deltasuchus; up to nine species of extinct turtles; and possibly some remains of a small snake. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Fossils of oddball crocodile relative found in Texas suburb," 10 June 2019 The stuttering bassline, Woods' breathless vocals and the art showing the star balancing a snake on her head all mix together to make for one of her most enticing singles yet. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Pride Picks: Kick Off Pride Month With These New LGBTQ Songs," 7 June 2019 General assistance, Blackberry Lane: An officer assisted a resident in removing a snake that was outside near her sliding room door May 25. cleveland.com, "Man falls from motorcycle; taken to hospital: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 5 June 2019 Hence, Orange received the signal many times a day, whereas a snake never would. Frans De Waal, Discover Magazine, "Cheerful Chimps: Are Animals Really Happy When They Smile?," 31 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bria is a two-hour flight from the capital, Bangui, over an endless canopy of rain forest and snaking rivers. Sebastian Shukla, Tim Lister And Clarissa Ward, CNN, "The forgotten crisis that has displaced 1.2 million people," 27 June 2019 The lumbering drums, the perfect harmonies and Paul’s delicious, snaking bass through the whole damn thing. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Before 'Yesterday,' Global Beatles Day celebrates unforgettable Fab Four," 25 June 2019 The Cuyahoga River, just south of the city’s downtown area, snaking for 100 miles across Ohio and emptying into Lake Erie, proved the perfect place for factories to set up camp. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969," 19 June 2019 Then hike down to Miage Glacier, which snakes down from the Mont Blanc massif into Val Veni. National Geographic, "Tour du Mont Blanc," 17 June 2019 The snaking mountain roads of southern Greece's Peloponnese peninsula reward drivers with breathtaking panoramas. Houston Chronicle, "Range Rover Evoque gets added finesse, mild-hybrid versions," 14 June 2019 Although many people use boats to get onto the bay and beyond, the town’s snaking shoreline provides virtually anyone a chance to snag a salmon -- literally. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Working the night shift: Snagging salmon in Seward," 11 June 2019 Dozens snaked through the Warriors store and filled plastic bags full of jerseys, t-shirts and caps. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "For Warriors fans at Oracle — this is goodbye to The Town," 13 June 2019 Before the funeral, Ti Martin, co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace restaurant and a member of New Orleans’ famed Brennan family of restaurateurs, stood in a line that snaked around the block. Washington Post, "Creole cuisine queen Leah Chase gets New Orleans sendoff," 11 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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