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
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

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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 He was accepted on scholarship to play snare on the drumline. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 The soundtrack starts with a constant snare on the left side with guitars mixed in on the right. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 16 June 2020 Their quest leads them into a snare of angry white rich people and a house full of frat guys. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Lovebirds Is a Delightful Screwball Comedy Elevated by the Charms of Its Leading Duo," 21 May 2020 In one part, Glenn simply pounded his snare with one stick, Frith quickly created an unholy echo effect on his guitar, and Santos Silva and Hoopes generated a heavy-metal roar underneath. Washington Post, "The Fred Frith Trio is actually a 5-way improvisation at Rhizome," 6 Oct. 2019 From making an animal snare to weaving a hammock to rigging a tarp for an emergency shelter, Paracord has no equal. The Editors, Field & Stream, "5 Reasons to Keep Paracord in Your Vehicle," 14 Apr. 2020 Your Grandma was like a snare laid out by God for Red Kelly. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ Review: a 19th-Century Outlaw Tale," 23 Apr. 2020 For this reason, snares are often sold in dozens, not as individual traps. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Everyday Survival Supplies You Should Buy Online," 27 Nov. 2019 Despite being less than 100%, McGee caught seven passes for 138 yards and two scores, one a behind-the-back snare. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "The 54 greatest players in Super Bowl history: How high do 49ers legend rank?," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scenes such as this, motivated boosters of the trail system in Seabrook to successfully snare a $131,400 state grant to add 1¼ miles of trails. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Trail grant means Seabrook will get own ‘mountain’ view," 10 June 2020 Tulowitzki snares a line drive off the bat of Chipper Jones, steps on second base to double up Kelly Johnson and then tags out Edgar Renteria between first and second for the third out. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: ABC’s ‘Wide World of Sports’ debuts," 29 Apr. 2020 Talks are snared on the form the bailout will take, with the airline fighting to have as few conditions as possible attached to the assistance. Richard Weiss, Bloomberg.com, "Lufthansa Warns of Cash Crunch as Talks With Government Drag On," 28 Apr. 2020 Talks are snared on the form the bailout will take, with the airline fighting to have as few conditions as possible attached to the assistance. Richard Weiss, Fortune, "‘State aid or bust:’ Germany’s Lufthansa is running out of cash," 24 Apr. 2020 Turtles have been seen ingesting bits of garbage floating out to sea, or getting snared as bycatch in fishing nets. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "COVID-19 Restrictions May Boost Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting," 24 Apr. 2020 Outside, 20-foot towers of wire snares signal that poaching remains a menace. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What I Learned in the Trenches of a Rhino Translocation," 9 Oct. 2019 The 6-foot guard picked up three assists in the first three minutes, including one pass that set up a Ja Robertson (13 points) dunk in transition, helping the Hurricanes snare an early 10-6 lead in the first quarter. Houston Chronicle, "Griggs leads Hightower to Region III-5A title," 9 Mar. 2020 The Tigers snared two junior college offensive linemen, three-star tackles Brenden Coffey and Kilian Zierer. Giana Han, al, "2020 is a fresh start for Auburn’s offensive line," 6 Feb. 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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29 Jun 2020

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“Snare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snare. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for snare

snare

noun
How to pronounce snare (audio)

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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