- a device, often consisting of a noose, for capturing small game.
- anything serving to entrap or entangle unawares; trap.
- Surgery. a wire noose for removing tumors or the like by the roots or at the base.
- to catch with a snare; entangle.
- to catch or involve by trickery or wile: to snare her into going.
Origin of snare1
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Examples from the Web for snared
It has snared, or threatens to snare, millions of taxpayers in the middle class and above.How Did We Leave Behind A Whopping Middle-class Tax Hike?
December 21, 2012
"Operation Ivy League" last week snared five Columbia students, accused of running a large drug-selling operation.50 Druggiest Colleges
The Daily Beast
December 13, 2010
Asher Merriwell had been snared by the wiles of an adventuress, and he had married her.Frank Merriwell Down South
Burt L. Standish
But suddenly she felt like a hunter who has snared a lion in a rabbit trap.Rebels of the Red Planet
Charles Louis Fontenay
Folk said she snared birds and rabbits, in the thicket that came down to her hovel.Curious, if True
I had already been cozened once, I had resolved not to be snared again.Desert Dust
Edwin L. Sabin
A failure or two and then he had it snared securely; now it was in his hand.The Doomsman
Van Tassel Sutphen
- a device for trapping birds or small animals, esp a flexible loop that is drawn tight around the prey
- a surgical instrument for removing certain tumours, consisting of a wire loop that may be drawn tight around their base to sever or uproot them
- anything that traps or entangles someone or something unawares
- to catch (birds or small animals) with a snare
- to catch or trap in or as if in a snare; capture by trickery
- music a set of gut strings wound with wire fitted against the lower drumhead of a snare drum. They produce a rattling sound when the drum is beatenSee snare drum
Word Origin and History for snared
"noose for catching animals," late Old English, from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse snara "noose, snare," related to soenri "twisted rope," from Proto-Germanic *snarkho (cf. Middle Dutch snare, Dutch snaar, Old High German snare, German Schnur "noose, cord," Old English snear "a string, cord"). Figuratively from c.1300.
"string across a drum," 1680s, probably from Dutch snaar "string," from same source as snare (n.1). From 1938 as short for snare-drum (1873).
late 14c., "to ensnare," from snare (n.1). Related: Snared; snaring.
- A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.