snare

noun
\ˈsner \

Definition of snare 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a contrivance often consisting of a noose for entangling birds or mammals

(2) : trap, gin

b(1) : something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, or impeded

(2) : something deceptively attractive

2 [ probably from Dutch snaar, literally, cord; akin to Old High German snuor ]

a : one of the catgut strings or metal spirals of a snare drum

b : snare drum

3 : a surgical instrument consisting usually of a wire loop constricted by a mechanism in the handle and used for removing tissue masses (such as tonsils)

snare

verb
snared; snaring

Definition of snare (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to capture by or as if by use of a snare

b : to win or attain by artful or skillful maneuvers

2 : to entangle or hold as if in a snare any object that snared his eyeCurrent Biography

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Other Words from snare

Verb

snarer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for snare

Synonyms: Noun

ambush, net, trap, web

Synonyms: Verb

bag, capture, catch, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, grapple, hook, land, nab, nail, net, rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snatch, trap

Antonyms: Verb

miss

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Verb

catch, capture, trap, snare, entrap, ensnare, bag mean to come to possess or control by or as if by seizing. catch implies the seizing of something in motion or in flight or in hiding. caught the dog as it ran by capture suggests taking by overcoming resistance or difficulty. capture an enemy stronghold trap, snare, entrap, ensnare imply seizing by some device that holds the one caught at the mercy of the captor. trap and snare apply more commonly to physical seizing. trap animals snared butterflies with a net entrap and ensnare more often are figurative. entrapped the witness with a trick question a sting operation that ensnared burglars bag implies shooting down a fleeing or distant prey. bagged a brace of pheasants

Examples of snare in a Sentence

Noun

people caught in the snare of drug addiction you fell for my clever snare, you fool!

Verb

They caught fish and snared seabirds. Unfortunately, the nets also snare turtles. They snared first place in the contest. trying to snare business from competitors The shortstop snared a high throw from the outfield.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And my mother, not even 30 and already in the snares of schizophrenia and addiction and three kids at war with each other, with themselves, Levy pounding on me, depression already like a noose around my neck. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 That included the use of snares, nets, and traps, hunting wolves or coyotes during their denning season, baiting bears, and using aircraft to hunt bears. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Federal judge rejects predator-control lawsuit against Interior Department," 8 June 2018 For a touring funky and jazz band like Naughty Professor, a travel van is almost as important as the saxophones, guitars and snares. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "New Orleans band Naughty Professor's van reported stolen," 5 June 2018 His work as Pryda, most notably with that rising snare, may be some of his most popular. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Eric Prydz Promises 4-Track Pryda EP Coming Soon," 3 May 2018 Once, however, this landscape was laced with snares. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Zambia's King Lewanika Lodge Offers More Than Just Big Five Sightings," 8 May 2018 The worst elil is man, riding in his hrududu, coming with his traps and snares, his poison gas. Peter Rock, New York Times, "On the Unsettling Allure of ‘Watership Down’," 15 May 2018 Classes begin with #RachetAffirmations — equal parts real talk and pep talk — before segueing into Trap Yoga, complete with hi-hats, rattling snares and bass kicks (no word if there will be any drill bells ringing). Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 19 Apr. 2018 The bear sniffed a snare, stepped around it and spotted Wilder. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Got bear spray? Here’s how to make sure you use it right.," 5 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Completed in 2010, the IceCube neutrino detector snares these elusive particles in a cubic kilometer of Antarctic ice. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe," 12 July 2018 Clark, who was 6 feet 4 inches tall and had already caught a touchdown pass in the game, went high for the ball and snared it with his fingertips to tie the game. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Dwight Clark, 61, Dies; Made a Touchdown Catch for the Ages," 5 June 2018 Fresh food in March, if people were lucky, was fish from traps set in ice and grouse and snowshoe hares snared with loops of sinew. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "A scientist’s view of Alaska, 150 years ago," 11 Mar. 2018 Another study is set to take soon for the area near Texas 225 and Loop 610, where residents of Pasadena, La Porte and Deer Park often become snared with congestion several times a day. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Traffic improvements eyed for Pasadena area," 8 Mar. 2018 The correction officer approached the owl carefully, and managed to snare it in a box, according to Rita McMahon, a co-founder and director of the Wild Bird Fund, a nonprofit that provides medical care for migrant birds. Aaron Robertson, New York Times, "An Unusual Jailbird Is Found at Rikers Island: A Snowy Owl," 3 July 2018 Kam said Burgess had been challenged by side winds, choppy seas and wide patches of seaweed that threatened to snare the fins of her board during the crossing. Linda Trischitta, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Paddleboarder crosses Florida Straits from Cuba; she's approaching Key West," 27 June 2018 The horse's time was not fast enough to snare one of the Futurity's 10 starting spots. Hal Lundgren, Houston Chronicle, "FM Im A Zatanaz Too zooms to Sam Houston Futurity win," 28 Apr. 2018 Doepper said authorities had been tipped off that Puigdemont would be entering Germany, and multiple German media outlets reported that Spanish intelligence had been used to snare the ardent Catalan nationalist. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Germany," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of snare

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for snare

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sneare, probably from Old Norse snara; akin to Old High German snuor cord and perhaps to Greek narkē numbness

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snare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that has a loop (called a noose) which gets smaller when the end of it is pulled and that is used to catch animals : a kind of trap

: a position or situation from which it is difficult to escape

snare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snare (Entry 2 of 2)

: to catch (an animal) in a snare

: to cause (something) to become caught in something (such as a net or trap)

: to win or get (something) by skillful action or good luck

snare

noun
\ˈsner \

Kids Definition of snare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a trap (as a noose) for catching small animals and birds

2 : something that traps or deceives

snare

verb
snared; snaring

Kids Definition of snare (Entry 2 of 2)

: to catch or entangle by or as if by use of a trap for catching small animals

snare

noun
\ˈsna(ə)r, ˈsne(ə)r \

Medical Definition of snare 

: a surgical instrument consisting usually of a wire loop constricted by a mechanism in the handle and used for removing tissue masses (as tonsils or polyps)

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