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snare1

[snair]
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noun
  1. a device, often consisting of a noose, for capturing small game.
  2. anything serving to entrap or entangle unawares; trap.
  3. Surgery. a wire noose for removing tumors or the like by the roots or at the base.
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verb (used with object), snared, snar·ing.
  1. to catch with a snare; entangle.
  2. to catch or involve by trickery or wile: to snare her into going.
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Origin of snare1

before 1100; Middle English (noun and v.); cognate with Old Norse snara, Middle Low German snare, Old High German snar(a)ha
Related formssnare·less, adjectivesnar·er, nounsnar·ing·ly, adverbun·snared, adjective

Synonyms

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1. See trap1. 2. net, seine.
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Examples from the Web for snared

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  • Asher Merriwell had been snared by the wiles of an adventuress, and he had married her.

  • 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

    Elizabeth Gaskell

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for snared

snare1

noun
  1. a device for trapping birds or small animals, esp a flexible loop that is drawn tight around the prey
  2. 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
  3. anything that traps or entangles someone or something unawares
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verb (tr)
  1. to catch (birds or small animals) with a snare
  2. to catch or trap in or as if in a snare; capture by trickery
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Derived Formssnareless, adjectivesnarer, noun

Word Origin

Old English sneare, from Old Norse snara; related to Old High German snaraha

snare2

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C17: from Middle Dutch snaer or Middle Low German snare string; related to Gothic snōrjō basket
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Word Origin and History for snared

snare

n.1

"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.

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snare

n.2

"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).

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snare

v.

late 14c., "to ensnare," from snare (n.1). Related: Snared; snaring.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

snared in Medicine

snare

(snâr)
n.
  1. A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.
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