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
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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Other Words from snare

Verb

snarer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for snare

Synonyms: Noun

ambush, net, trap, web

Synonyms: Verb

catch up, enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, ensnarl, entangle, entoil, entrap, mesh, net, tangle, trap

Antonyms: Verb

disentangle, untangle

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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

Vaughan caught his snare pole around the animal's neck, taped its mouth shut and wrestled it into the back of his truck and home to his facility. Scottie Andrew And Paul P. Murphy, CNN, "This 463-pound alligator was removed from a Florida highway after it was struck by a semi-truck," 20 June 2019 During Victims in Ecstasy's set, their drummer broke a snare drum, and Bennington came to the rescue, offering his drummer's snare. Ed Masley, azcentral, "He took 10,000 photos of Chester Bennington. Now, his images are a traveling memorial," 18 June 2019 With no outs, Gonzalez made a sliding snare on a sinking Hamilton liner. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "C.J. Cron, Twins pull through for third straight win," 15 June 2019 In fact, in 2005, a United Nations global survey found that more than 70% of the world’s 40 dolphin species were endangered by snare fishing nets. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 Even rarer are those that destroy traps, limited among vertebrates to two groups of chimpanzees and mountain gorillas that disassemble poachers’ snares. Jake Buehler, Science | AAAS, "Watch an ant rip apart a spiderweb to rescue a sibling," 7 June 2019 Since 2005, McRobb’s team has removed over 10,000 snares and intervened to save more than 160 elephants, 25 lions, and 20 hyenas. National Geographic, "These Artists Are Making Jewelry to Help Protect Their Country's Wildlife," 17 May 2018 This concert, uptown at the Park Avenue Armory, coincides with the closing of that show and features Ms. Roberts joined by a poet known as Geng and a sextet of snare drummers. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in NYC This Weekend," 19 Apr. 2018 Frustrated, locals have set out snares for elephants and poison for carnivores. Christopher Bendana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Uganda's pride: Lions test locals' patience," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As for snaring the line drive, Bryant was positioned just right. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pinto All-Stars Louisiana bound for World Series after 2 big wins at Region," 7 July 2019 Booker proposed that the party’s presidential nominee campaign in longshot states like South Carolina in hopes of snaring enough seats to take over the Senate. Nicholas Riccardi, The Denver Post, "Takeaways from the first Democratic presidential debate," 27 June 2019 The rally seemed doomed when first baseman Eric Thames snared a Steven Duggar liner for the second out with Samardzija on deck, but Samardzija singled through the box for is second hit of 2019 to tie the game. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Kevin Pillar in the middle of another bizarre play at Oracle Park," 16 June 2019 The gambling expansion would not only allow for a racino in the Southland but a new, separate casino as well, with several area suburbs interested in snaring such a project. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Horses, gambling may push aside plan for big housing development in Tinley Park," 14 June 2019 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Moore earned $5,000 for snaring the match roping title against four-time National Finals qualifier Marty Yates of Stephenville. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "'It’s like a hometown rodeo for me.' Ponder product enjoys success at 45th Ryon Roping | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 But the effort to date has not snared any major dealers or taken down a gang. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "ATF's Milwaukee sting operation was marred by mistakes, failures," 11 June 2019 It has not yet been snared in a catalog of designations and coordinates, of metes and bounds. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 There's a groove in the guitar line, driven by the bass and snare, that makes your feet tap to the rhythm. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know This Week: Tei Shi Goes Back To Her Roots, Bleached Have Retro Jams & More," 7 June 2019

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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 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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