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 team named it Chilabothrus ampelophis after the snake's tiny, slender, and long body shape. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Sep. 2021 The 10-inch albino snake found on the Texas Hill Country ranch was missing the pigment and melanin that gives animals much of their colorations. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 Veterinarians found that Millie had been bit by the snake several times, but Tonka had no serious injuries. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, 8 Sep. 2021 State officials eventually identified the snake in an update and offered directions on where to find it in the photo. al, 7 Sep. 2021 Anyone who sees the black and beige snake should immediately call 911, police say. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2021 According to an Associated Press report at the time, the snake had been freed from its container and slithered off. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Aug. 2021 But the most constricting concern is for the snake's safety, said Ronda Swanson, chief marketing officer for Blue Zoo. Neelam Bohra And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, 7 July 2021 The snake was likely born through parthenogenesis, in which one – or multiple – eggs mature without fertilization. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even the sinewy white air ducts that snake their way through the studios look as if they’d been shaped by choreographers rather than engineers. David Lyman, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 But for the hawala system to work, Afghanistan must ultimately find sources of hard currency to lubricate the lines of credit that would snake back into the country. New York Times, 2 Sep. 2021 The cruise industry was at the eye of the pandemic's storm as the COVID-19 began to snake its way into communities across the globe. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 11 Aug. 2021 Scouting robots might not be as susceptible to smoke inhalation and can snake through tight corridors in deadly conditions. Washington Post, 30 June 2021 With wings spanning the iconic Mall that stretches down from Buckingham Palace, the dragon promises to be one of the eye-catching emblems of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant that will snake through London. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 29 June 2021 In the northeastern part of the lake, what once was lake bed has become an apparent canyon for the River to snake through. Will Lanzoni, CNN, 18 June 2021 Additionally, the harness has adjustable straps that are secured in place with two quick-snap buckles, which each have a lock to really make sure that your dog doesn't snake out. Emily Belfiore, PEOPLE.com, 9 Aug. 2021 Lawmakers' most consequential battle this year over President Joe Biden's expansive domestic agenda will snake through a legislative maze that's eye-rolling even by Congress' standards. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, 19 July 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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“Snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snake. Accessed 22 Sep. 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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