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.
- snareless, adjective
- snarer, noun
- snar·ing·ly, adverb
- un·snared, adjective
Other definitions for snare (2 of 2)
one of the strings of gut or of tightly spiraled metal stretched across the skin of a snare drum.
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How to use snare in a sentence
He just pats his snare a few times, as if he’s patting us on the back, bringing us into the music with him.Charlie Watts was a gentleman in the world’s most dangerous band | Chris Richards | August 24, 2021 | Washington Post
Fluttering in the twilight like a lunch lady’s hairnet gone to war, the mesh would be a snare for O’Keefe’s quarry.
In 2019, a global network of telescopes revealed a mass warping spacetime with such fervor that nothing, not even light, could escape its snare.Einstein’s theory of general relativity unveiled a dynamic and bizarre cosmos | Elizabeth Quill | February 3, 2021 | Science News
Weighing in at a petite two pounds, this portable bluetooth speaker comes with extra-bass and live-sound modes, which you can tap it to emulate different sounds, like a snare or a kick drum.Best computer speakers: Make music, video chats, and more a whole lot clearer | Jeremy Helligar | January 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
For customers whose accounts often hover near zero, that convenience is just another snare in a financial trap, said Rebecca Borné, a CRL lawyer who worked on the study.JPMorgan Chase Bank Wrongly Charged 170,000 Customers Overdraft Fees. Federal Regulators Refused to Penalize It. | by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum | December 14, 2020 | ProPublica
Still more keys engage an array of other sounds, from snare drums and cymbals to awooga horns and sirens.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso | Rich Goldstein | October 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Meant to capture fish by the gills (hence the name), they snare anything from sea turtles to dolphins.New Report Reveals U.S. Fisheries Killing Thousands of Protected and Endangered Species | Abby Haglage | March 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After police confronted Dilello with the wiretaps, she agreed to wear a wire to snare Hagiwara and admit her role in the plot.The Chronicle of Peggy Hagiwara and a Botched Murder | Christine Pelisek | June 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Should Mr. Greenberg snare a major settlement without A.I.G., the company could face additional lawsuits from other shareholders.AIG May Sue the Government For An Insufficiently Generous Bailout | Megan McArdle | January 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Consult not with him that layeth a snare for thee, and hide thy counsel from them that envy thee.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
And treaties, of whatever kind with the enemies of God, that are condemned, are to be shunned as a snare to the soul.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
It was when she found a reindeer caught in the vines that she took the first step in making a snare.The Later Cave-Men | Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
This granted, how can we know whether God wants to instruct us or to lay a snare for us?Superstition In All Ages (1732) | Jean Meslier
Looking back, he saw that his fear of the world had been nothing to his fear of women, of the half-spiritual, half-sensual snare.The Creators | May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for snare (1 of 2)
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
- snareless, adjective
- snarer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for snare (2 of 2)
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 beaten: See snare drum
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