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

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 Democrats who control the legislature have adopted a map with lines that squiggle snake-like across the state to swoop up Democratic voters and relegate Republicans to a few districts. David A. Lieb And Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Nov. 2021 Democrats who control the legislature have adopted a map with lines that squiggle snake-like across the state to swoop up Democratic voters and relegate Republicans to a few districts. chicagotribune.com, 10 Nov. 2021 Dua Lipa recently explored the city in July and checked into a one-of-a-kind vacation rental, the snake-like Quetzalcoatl's Nest. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, 8 Nov. 2021 But aside from being quite a bit smaller, Zietlow says, large mosasaurs—like Mosasaurus and Tylosaurus—had snake-like scales and would have had lips covering their teeth instead of a maw of snaggletoothed chompers. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Nov. 2021 After winding over snake-like roads through the barren rocky landscape to the Saiq Plateau, there's a shock of verdant terraces filled with pomegranate trees, figs, roses, almonds and barley grass. Sarah Walton, CNN, 31 Oct. 2021 In the third, her grandmother sits atop the mantle, a blade in one hand and the skin of a snake in the other. Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 But by the time the officer arrived, the snake had slithered away. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 Police did not say if the owner of the snake will face any charges. CBS News, 30 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instrumental lines snake over bar lines, intersecting in convoluted ways. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 With Soars, oceanographers can snake instruments through the walls of the tank and take CO2 measurements on an extremely fine scale. Matt Simon, Wired, 26 Oct. 2021 The sites are away from pipelines, sewage outfalls and underwater communication lines that snake across the ocean floor. Los Angeles Times, 6 Oct. 2021 Trains run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through a maze of tunnels that snake below sea level, under rivers and through natural springs and groundwater. Errol Louis, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 Two districts, designed to elect Democratic candidates, would snake across hundreds of miles of rural areas to connect small Democratic-leaning communities. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 The lines of ticketholders that snake around the block were M.I.A. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 18 Sep. 2021 The image is in equal parts ordered and disordered: the fibers snake around one another on the outside of the beanlike shape and shoot out in near parallel closer to its center. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 12 Aug. 2021 In western North America, the jet stream has managed to snake its way into parts of central and northern Canada, allowing warm air to spread over the Pacific Northwest before the jet dives south over the U.S. Great Plains and Ohio Valley. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 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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“Snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snake. Accessed 2 Dec. 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
: 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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