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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snake, serpent, ophidiannoun

    limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous

  2. snake, snake in the grassnoun

    a deceitful or treacherous person

  3. Snake, Snake Rivernoun

    a tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition

  4. Hydra, Snakenoun

    a long faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near the equator stretching between Virgo and Cancer

  5. snakeverb

    something long, thin, and flexible that resembles a snake

  6. snakeverb

    move smoothly and sinuously, like a snake

  7. snakeverb

    form a snake-like pattern

    "The river snakes through the valley"

  8. snakeverb

    move along a winding path

    "The army snaked through the jungle"


  1. snakenoun

    A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.

  2. snakenoun

    A treacherous person.

  3. snakenoun

    A tool for unclogging plumbing.

  4. snakenoun

    A tool to aid cable pulling.

  5. snakenoun

    A trouser snake; the penis.

  6. snakeverb

    To move in a winding path.

    The river snakes through the valley.

  7. snakeverb

    To steal slyly.

    He snaked my DVD!

  8. snakeverb

    To clean using a plumbing snake.

  9. Snakenoun

    An early computer game, later popular on mobile phones, in which the player attempts to manoeuvre a perpetually growing snake so as to collect food items and avoid colliding with walls or the snake's tail.

  10. Etymology: snake, from snaca, from snakōn (compare German dialect Schnake 'adder', Swedish snok 'grass snake'), from *snakanan 'to crawl' (compare snahhan), from snag- 'to crawl; a creeping thing' (compare नाग, thnegël).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snakenoun

    any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent, whether harmless or venomous. See Ophidia, and Serpent

  2. Snakeverb

    to drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; -- often with out

  3. Snakeverb

    to wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm

  4. Snakeverb

    to crawl like a snake

  5. Etymology: [AS. snaca; akin to LG. snake, schnake, Icel. snkr, snkr, Dan. snog, Sw. snok; of uncertain origin.]


  1. Snake

    Snakes are elongate, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with many more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes' paired organs appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca. Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica, in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and on most smaller land masses — exceptions include some large islands, such as Ireland and New Zealand, and many small islands of the Atlantic and central Pacific. More than 20 families are currently recognized, comprising about 500 genera and about 3,400 species. They range in size from the tiny, 10 cm-long thread snake to the Reticulated python of up to 8.7 meters in length. The fossil species Titanoboa cerrejonensis was 15 meters long. Snakes are thought to have evolved from either burrowing or aquatic lizards during the mid-Cretaceous period, and the earliest known fossils date to around 112 Ma ago. The diversity of modern snakes appeared during the Paleocene period. The oldest preserved descriptions of snakes can be found in the Brooklyn Papyrus.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Snake

    snāk, n. a serpent—Snakes (Ophidia) form one of the classes of reptiles, in shape limbless and much elongated, embracing tree-snakes, the water-snakes, and the very venomous sea-snakes (Hydrophidæ), the burrowing-snakes (Typhlopidæ) and the majority, which may be called ground-snakes.—ns. Snake′-bird, a darter: the wryneck; Snake′-eel, a long Mediterranean eel, its tail without a tail-fin.—adj. Snake′-like (Tenn.), like a snake.—ns. Snake′-root, the popular name of various plants of different genera, whose roots are considered good for snake-bites; Snake's′-head, the guinea-hen flower; Snake′-stone, a small rounded piece of stone or other hard substance, popularly believed to be efficacious in curing snake-bites; Snake′-weed, the bistort; Snake′wood (same as Letter-wood).—adjs. Snak′ish, having the qualities of a snake: cunning, deceitful; Snak′y (Spens.), belonging to, or resembling, a serpent: (Milt.) cunning, deceitful: covered with, or having, serpents. [A.S. snaca, prob. from snícan, to creep; Ice. snák-r.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'snake' in Nouns Frequency: #2693

Anagrams for snake »

  1. sneak

  2. akens

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snake in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of snake in a Sentence

  1. Korri Anderson:

    Right now, we're looking at 105 to 110 in snake basin of Idaho and the Treasure Valley, we could be breaking all-time records in Boise on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

  2. Robert Klepper:

    Public safety is the number one concern, we wanted to emphasize that this is a venomous snake and a dangerous animal and should not be approached.

  3. Richard Gere:

    I know who I am. No one else knows who I am. If I was a giraffe, and someone said I was a snake, I'd think, no, actually I'm a giraffe.

  4. Elizabeth Goldstein:

    They created a 39-sided zoning lot, you would expect to see a rectangle of some kind. You might expect it to be bigger, you might expect smaller. But you wouldn't expect it to snake across the whole block.

  5. Min-Liang Tan:

    We said we are going to come up with something that's going to eat up all the other mice out there, so we called our first mouse the Razer Boomslang, after the African tree snake.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. eloquent
    • B. eminent
    • C. butch
    • D. indiscernible

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