snare

noun
\ ˈsner How to pronounce snare (audio) \

Definition of snare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a contrivance often consisting of a noose for entangling birds or mammals
(2) : trap, gin entry 2
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
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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Verb

snarer noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 The score, by his friend Gerald Fried, intersperses snippets of Johann Strauss’s bright but tense Künstlerleben waltz with frightful silences and the hiss and thump of snare and bass drums. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, "Kubrick’s Human Comedy," 27 Apr. 2021 The snare drums, at the beginning, are slightly menacing. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Great TV Theme Music," 19 Apr. 2021 This sonic scavenger hunt layers soft snare drums, a soothing keyboard melody, shimmering glockenspiel and disco strings with a dozen other cosmic sounds to create an alternately relaxing and stimulating listen. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Deep Cuts of 2001: Staff List," 8 Apr. 2021 Lorenzo Cain made two great catches, including a game-saving snare that took away a tying home run and ended the game. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opening day: The 11 most memorable season openers in Milwaukee Brewers history," 30 Mar. 2021 The ritual takes place early in the morning, at about 3:30 a.m., when members of the Honor Court and regimental band drum-line enter the student barracks, sounding off several rolls of the snare and bass drums. Washington Post, "VMI ends shaming expelled students by no longer publicly identifying them," 16 Mar. 2021 Niassa Reserve came across a young male lion caught in a poacher’s snare. Nancy Averett, Scientific American, "How Starting Brush Fires Could Save Africa’s Disappearing Lions," 15 Mar. 2021 German special forces had provided a snare—a net made of sturdy elastic that could capture even a speeding vehicle. Mark Bowden, The Atlantic, "How Special Ops Became the Solution to Everything," 12 Mar. 2021 How did the idea come to create a group of bagpipe players with an electric guitar, electric piano and a marching snare? Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "Scottish bagipe rockers Red Hot Chilli Pipers perform virtually for CLC March 12," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Twice in the fifth inning, Senior first baseman Owen Nally reached high over his head, with full extension of his left arm, to snare two errant throws at first and retire the batter. James Weber, The Enquirer, "'We all have each other’s backs;' Covington Catholic baseball seniors lead 16-0 start," 29 Apr. 2021 New left fielder Andrew Benintendi leaped against the wall in foul territory to snare the first out. David Smale, Star Tribune, "Royals outslug Rangers 14-10 in wild season opener," 1 Apr. 2021 Liberal, conservative, Republican and Democratic presidents all hoped to snare the ultimate diplomatic trophy—and the Nobel Peace Prize that would surely come with it. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "How to Bring Peace to the New Middle East," 29 Mar. 2021 Demand seems high, given the frustrations expressed by thousands in the Facebook group Bay Area Vaccine Hunters, who post about their attempts to snare appointments. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "This app can help you find Bay Area COVID vaccine appointments in real time. Here's how it works," 31 Mar. 2021 Moving into position to snare one of the plug-and-play quarterbacks doesn’t appear to be an option for New Orleans. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Is Jameis Winston the Saints’ best option to succeed Drew Brees?," 15 Mar. 2021 The volunteers can’t always snare an appointment in 15 minutes, as happened with Plante. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "For those frustrated with vaccine system, a crew of volunteers is ready to help," 2 Mar. 2021 Large crowds are gathering each night at San Antonio vaccine sites hoping to snare any spare dose. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: S.A. Trump supporters unmoved by Capitol riot, vote count reality," 22 Jan. 2021 Yet the form remains indispensable for anyone seeking to snare the reader’s attention. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "John le Carré Missed Nothing," 14 Dec. 2020

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

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13 May 2021

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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 How to pronounce snare (audio) \

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 How to pronounce snare (audio) \

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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