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

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 Because snake plants, or sansevieria, are so common, Gordon suggests going with a more interesting species of the genus. Washington Post, "Online plant sellers are having a moment. Here’s where to shop.," 11 Nov. 2020 Fold the snake in half and twist the two ends together. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "13 Ridiculously Awesome DIY Gifts for Your BFFs," 9 Nov. 2020 Kylie Jenner dressed up as a king cobra snake and did so by slithering into a bodycon Mugler look. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Celebrities Didn’t Hold Back on Halloween Costumes This Year," 1 Nov. 2020 The process can occasionally last hours, depending on the organs the snake pulls out first. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "14 Fun Facts About Frightening Animals," 30 Oct. 2020 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a tweet Thursday that the snake was coiled up inside the engine compartment of a Ford Mustang in Dania Beach, which is adjacent to Fort Lauderdale. orlandosentinel.com, "10-foot python removed from under car hood in Florida," 30 Oct. 2020 Next year’s theme may include creepy dolls painted with cracks that snake across porcelain faces. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Creative San Antonio craft designer and family transform home into Halloween fright fest," 26 Oct. 2020 Officials explained that the snake is being cared for by FWC staff. James Rogers, Fox News, "Rare 2-headed snake discovered by family’s cat in Florida," 26 Oct. 2020 Poll workers motioned me through a snake of cones, akin to a COVID-19 testing site. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "American dream or next nightmare? A review of drive-thru voting," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The cars and trucks began to slowly snake through the stadium’s parking lot toward a series of white tents, where the food was loaded into trunks by volunteers. Washington Post, "“We both lost our jobs. ... We just started DoorDashing, like, four days ago.”," 25 Nov. 2020 Representative Dwight Evans organized car caravans to snake through neighborhoods in his district, which includes parts of North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia, honking at residents to remind them to vote. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Trump Put Down Philadelphia. The City Got Payback.," 9 Nov. 2020 Other than a line that began to snake outside the door of the downtown Central Library at 6 a.m. — an hour before polls opened at 7 — voters trickled in slowly for most of the day. Marina Starleaf Riker, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County breaks voter turnout records in spite of low numbers on Election Day," 3 Nov. 2020 The long lines that snake around the pyramid in the summer without a trace of shade are tiring to look at, let alone stand in. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 The cruise industry was at the eye of the pandemic's storm early in the year as COVID-19 began to snake its way into communities across the globe. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "CDC agrees to extend 'no-sail' order through Oct. 31 in compromise with White House Task Force," 30 Sep. 2020 Other factors, like the major freeways that snake through the center of the city, contribute as well—and their locations were also predicated on racist planning decisions. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Racist housing policies have created some oppressively hot neighborhoods," 2 Sep. 2020 One channel will focus on the parade, including the dancers who normally snake through the streets of Notting Hill wearing colorful headdresses, masks and movable art. Bloomberg.com, "London’s Notting Hill Carnival Moves Online Amid Drive for Social Justice," 28 Aug. 2020 But when a colleague discovered other reptiles may have resistances to snake venom, Finger remembered McIlhenny’s descriptions of alligator fearlessness in the face of some of the world’s most dangerous snakes. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Could Louisiana alligator blood be a cure for snake bites? This study explains how," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for snake

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The first known use of snake was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snake. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for snake

snake

noun
How to pronounce Snake (audio)

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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