Definition of Snare

1. Noun. Something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares. "It was all a snare and delusion"

Exact synonyms: Trap
Generic synonyms: Design, Plan
Specialized synonyms: Iron Trap, Speed Trap
Derivative terms: Trap

2. Verb. Catch in or as if in a trap. "They snare the animals"; "The men trap foxes"
Exact synonyms: Ensnare, Entrap, Trammel, Trap
Category relationships: Hunt, Hunting
Generic synonyms: Capture, Catch
Specialized synonyms: Gin
Derivative terms: Snarer, Trap, Trapper

3. Noun. A small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head.
Exact synonyms: Side Drum, Snare Drum
Generic synonyms: Drum, Membranophone, Tympan

4. Verb. Entice and trap. "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
Exact synonyms: Hook
Related verbs: Accost, Hook, Solicit
Generic synonyms: Entice, Lure, Tempt
Derivative terms: Hook

5. Noun. A surgical instrument consisting of wire hoop that can be drawn tight around the base of polyps or small tumors to sever them; used especially in body cavities.
Generic synonyms: Surgical Instrument

6. Noun. Strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit.
Group relationships: Side Drum, Snare Drum
Generic synonyms: String

7. Noun. A trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose.
Exact synonyms: Gin, Noose
Terms within: Slipknot
Generic synonyms: Trap
Derivative terms: Gin

Definition of Snare

1. n. A contrivance, often consisting of a noose of cord, or the like, by which a bird or other animal may be entangled and caught; a trap; a gin.

2. v. t. To catch with a snare; to insnare; to entangle; hence, to bring into unexpected evil, perplexity, or danger.

Definition of Snare

1. Noun. A trap made from a loop of wire, string, or leather. ¹

2. Noun. (rare) A mental or psychological trap; usually in the phrase '''a snare and a delusion'''. ¹

3. Noun. (context: veterinary) A loop of cord used in obstetric cases, to hold or to pull a fetus from the mother animal. ¹

4. Noun. (music) A set of chains strung across the bottom of a drum to create a rattling sound. ¹

5. Noun. (music) A snare drum. ¹

6. Verb. to catch or hold, especially with a loop. ¹

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Definition of Snare

1. to trap [v SNARED, SNARING, SNARES] - See also: trap

Medical Definition of Snare

1. 1. A contrivance, often consisting of a noose of cord, or the like, by which a bird or other animal may be entangled and caught; a trap; a gin. 2. Hence, anything by which one is entangled and brought into trouble. "If thou retire, the Dauphin, well appointed, Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee." (Shak) 3. The gut or string stretched across the lower head of a drum. 4. An instrument, consisting usually of a wireloop or noose, for removing tumours, etc, by avulsion. Snare drum, the smaller common military drum, as distinguished from the bass drum; so called because (in order to render it more resonant) it has stretched across its lower head a catgut string or strings. Origin: AS. Sneara cord, a string; akin to D. Snoer, G. Schnur, OHG. Snour a cord, snarahha a noose, Dan. Snare, Sw. & Icel. Snara, Goth. Snrj a basket; and probably also to E. Needle. See Needle, and cf. Snarl to entangle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Snare

snapshot program
snare (current term)
snare drum
snare drums

Literary usage of Snare

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of George Fox by George Fox (1831)
"... The foot out of the snare.' His principles: and these whose names were subscribed to the book, viz. Thomas Brooks, Thomas Jacomb, ..."

2. The Throat and Nose, and Their Diseases by Lennox Browne (1890)
"CARMALT JONES'S LARYNGEAL AND NASAL snare. A is a movable cap, with two holes through which the wire of the snare passes. B, the tube guarding the wire, ..."

3. The Works of A. Conan Doyle by Arthur Conan Doyle (1902)
"XXIII OF THE snare ON THE WESTON ROAD " So, said he, pressing his seal above the fastening of the string, " I see that your horse is ready for you outside. ..."

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