- Also called auger, plumber's snake.(in plumbing) a device for dislodging obstructions in curved pipes, having a head fed into the pipe at the end of a flexible metal band.
- Also called wirepuller.a length of resilient steel wire, for threading through an electrical conduit so that wire can be pulled through after it.
verb (used without object), snaked, snak·ing.
verb (used with object), snaked, snak·ing.
Origin of snake
Examples from the Web for snaking
Contemporary Examples of snaking
The frozen Yukon River, snaking its way to the Bering Sea, was visible from my window on the Cessna.Visiting the Arctic Circle…Before It’s Irreversibly Changed
Terry Greene Sterling
April 1, 2014
The line grew quickly and into the hundreds of people, snaking through the narrow hallways and out to Hiawassee Road.Chaos Reigns at Florida Polls on Election Day
November 6, 2012
They confirmed the discoveries by snaking listening devices and search cameras through tiny breaches in the concrete.What Haiti Can Teach Chile
March 1, 2010
Historical Examples of snaking
The snaking track might take up acres and acres of rich land.In the Tail of the Peacock
Leaping on the old man he took him by the shoulders, snaking him.The Dust Flower
Snaking over that fall was a thing to put a crimp in anybody.The Mascot of Sweet Briar Gulch
Henry Wallace Phillips
Saw the world while snaking on my belly through the South Pacific.The Golden Skull
The long, snaking hose filled and plumped out with snappings.The Skipper and the Skipped
Word Origin for snake
Old English snaca, from Proto-Germanic *snakon (cf. Old Norse snakr "snake," Swedish snok, German Schnake "ring snake"), from PIE root *sneg- "to crawl, creeping thing" (cf. Old Irish snaighim "to creep," Lithuanian snake "snail," Old High German snahhan "to creep"). In Modern English, gradually replacing serpent in popular use.
Traditionally applied to the British serpent, as distinguished from the poisonous adder. Meaning "treacherous person" first recorded 1580s (cf. Old Church Slavonic gadu "reptile," gadinu "foul, hateful"). Applied from 17c. to various snake-like devices and appliances. Snakes! as an exclamation is from 1839.
Snake eyes in crap-shooting sense is from 1919. Snake oil is from 1927. Snake-bitten "unlucky" is sports slang from 1957, from a literal sense, perhaps suggesting one doomed by being poisoned. The game of Snakes and Ladders is attested from 1907. Snake charmer is from 1813. Snake pit is from 1883, as a supposed primitive test of truth or courage; figurative sense is from 1941. Phrase snake in the grass is from Virgil's Latet anguis in herba [Ecl. III:93].
1650s, "to twist or wind (hair) into the form of a snake," from snake (n.). The intransitive sense of "to move like a snake" is attested from 1848; that of "to wind or twist like a snake" (of roads, etc.) is from 1875. Related: Snaked; snaking.