What does snail mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snail(noun)

    freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell

  2. escargot, snail(verb)

    edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic

  3. snail(verb)

    gather snails

    "We went snailing in the summer"

Wiktionary

  1. snail(Noun)

    Any of very many animals (either hermaphroditic or nonhermaphroditic), of the class Gastropoda, having a coiled shell.

    Etymology: From the Middle English snegge, from the Old English snägel from the snigla-z.

  2. snail(Noun)

    A slow person; a sluggard.

    Etymology: From the Middle English snegge, from the Old English snägel from the snigla-z.

Wikipedia

  1. Snail

    A snail is, in loose terms, a shelled gastropod. The name is most often applied to land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs. However, the common name snail is also used for most of the members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have a coiled shell that is large enough for the animal to retract completely into. When the word "snail" is used in this most general sense, it includes not just land snails but also numerous species of sea snails and freshwater snails. Gastropods that naturally lack a shell, or have only an internal shell, are mostly called slugs, and land snails that have only a very small shell (that they cannot retract into) are often called semi-slugs. Snails have considerable human relevance, including as food items, as pests, as vectors of disease, and their shells are used as decorative objects and are incorporated into jewelry. The snail has also had some cultural significance, and has been used as a metaphor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snail(noun)

    any one of numerous species of terrestrial air-breathing gastropods belonging to the genus Helix and many allied genera of the family Helicidae. They are abundant in nearly all parts of the world except the arctic regions, and feed almost entirely on vegetation; a land snail

    Etymology: [OE. snaile, AS. sngel, snegel, sngl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl, Icel. snigill.]

  2. Snail(noun)

    any gastropod having a general resemblance to the true snails, including fresh-water and marine species. See Pond snail, under Pond, and Sea snail

    Etymology: [OE. snaile, AS. sngel, snegel, sngl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl, Icel. snigill.]

  3. Snail(noun)

    hence, a drone; a slow-moving person or thing

    Etymology: [OE. snaile, AS. sngel, snegel, sngl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl, Icel. snigill.]

  4. Snail(noun)

    a spiral cam, or a flat piece of metal of spirally curved outline, used for giving motion to, or changing the position of, another part, as the hammer tail of a striking clock

    Etymology: [OE. snaile, AS. sngel, snegel, sngl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl, Icel. snigill.]

  5. Snail(noun)

    a tortoise; in ancient warfare, a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers; a testudo

    Etymology: [OE. snaile, AS. sngel, snegel, sngl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl, Icel. snigill.]

  6. Snail(noun)

    the pod of the sanil clover

    Etymology: [OE. snaile, AS. sngel, snegel, sngl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl, Icel. snigill.]

Freebase

  1. Snail

    Snail is a common name that is applied most often to land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs. However, the common name "snail" is also applied to most of the members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have a coiled shell that is large enough for the animal to retract completely into. When the word "snail" is used in this most general sense, it includes not just land snails but also thousands of species of sea snails and freshwater snails. Occasionally a few other molluscs that are not actually gastropods, such as the Monoplacophora, which superficially resemble small limpets, may also informally be referred to as "snails". Snail-like animals that naturally lack a shell, or have only an internal shell, are usually called slugs, and land snails that have only a very small shell are often called semislugs.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Snail

    snāl, n. a term for the species of terrestrial Gasteropoda which have well-formed spiral shells—the more typical snails belonging to the genus Helix, of the family Helicidæ, having the shell of many whorls, globose, depressed, or conical.—ns. Snail′-clov′er, -trē′foil, a species of medic; Snail′-fish, a fish of genus Liparis, sticking to rocks; Snail′-flow′er, a twining bean.—adjs. Snail′-like (Shak.), in the manner of a snail, slowly; Snail′-paced (Shak.), as slow-moving as a snail; Snail′-slow, as slow as a snail.—n. Snail′-wheel, in some striking time-pieces, a rotating piece with a spiral periphery having notches so arranged as to determine the number of strokes made on the bell.—Snail's pace, a very slow pace. [A.S. snegl, snægl; Ger. schnecke.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. snail

    To snail-mail something. “Snail me a copy of those graphics, will you?”

Anagrams for snail »

  1. anils

  2. slain

  3. nails

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snail in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of snail in a Sentence

  1. David Sischo:

    For a snail he was a little bit of a hermit, i very rarely saw him outside of his shell.

  2. Tim Riser:

    Sen. Leahy feels we have a moral responsibility to deal with it because we created the problem, it makes no sense to go at a snail's pace when innocent people are being maimed and killed.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Move at a snail's pace or walk with the speed of a turtle or run like a rabbit! Just move; forget about the speed and just move ahead!

  4. Heather Stockdale Walden:

    In Florida, we are finding it in both native and non-native snail species, and some of these snails have geographic ranges that extend well beyond Florida.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    However tired you are, whatever the distance is, move to your target! Even if you move as slow as a snail, you will reach there! Move! Either fast or slow, just move!

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