What does snare mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trap, snarenoun

    something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares

    "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion"

  2. snare drum, snare, side drumnoun

    a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head

  3. snarenoun

    a surgical instrument consisting of wire hoop that can be drawn tight around the base of polyps or small tumors to sever them; used especially in body cavities

  4. snarenoun

    strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit

  5. snare, gin, nooseverb

    a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose

  6. trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, trammelverb

    catch in or as if in a trap

    "The men trap foxes"

  7. hook, snareverb

    entice and trap

    "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"


  1. snarenoun

    A trap made from a loop of wire, string, or leather.

  2. snarenoun

    A mental or psychological trap; usually in the phrase a snare and a delusion.

  3. snarenoun

    A loop of cord used in obstetric cases, to hold or to pull a fetus from the mother animal.

  4. snarenoun

    A set of chains strung across the bottom of a drum to create a rattling sound.

  5. snarenoun

    A snare drum.

  6. snareverb

    to catch or hold, especially with a loop.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Snarenoun

    Etymology: snara, Swedish and Islandick; snare, Danish; snoor, Dutch.

    O poor hapless nightingale, thought I,
    How sweet thou sing’st, how near the deadly snare. John Milton.

    This I speak for your own profit, not that I may cast a snare upon you. 1 Cor. vii. 35.

    A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. Prov. xviii. 7.

    Propound to thyself a constant rule of living, which though it may not be fit to observe scrupulously, lest it become a snare to thy conscience, or endanger thy health, yet let not thy rule be broken. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    For thee ordain’d a help, became thy snare. John Milton.

    Beauty, wealth, and wit,
    And prowess, to the pow’r of love submit;
    The spreading snare for all mankind is laid,
    And lovers all betray, or are betray’d. Dryden.

  2. To Snareverb

    To intrap; to intangle.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Glo’ster’s shew
    Beguiles him, as the mournful crocodile
    With sorrow snares relenting passengers. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Ps. ix.

    Warn all creatures from thee
    Henceforth, lest that too heav’nly form, pretended
    To hellish falshood, snare them. John Milton, Paradise Lost.


  1. snare

    SNARE proteins – "SNAP REceptor" – are a large protein family consisting of at least 24 members in yeasts, more than 60 members in mammalian cells, and some numbers in plants. The primary role of SNARE proteins is to mediate vesicle fusion – the fusion of vesicles with the target membrane; this notably mediates exocytosis, but can also mediate the fusion of vesicles with membrane-bound compartments (such as a lysosome). The best studied SNAREs are those that mediate the neurotransmitter release of synaptic vesicles in neurons. These neuronal SNAREs are the targets of the neurotoxins responsible for botulism and tetanus produced by certain bacteria.


  1. snare

    A snare is a device or trap intended to catch animals or people, typically consisting of a noose, often used for hunting or survival purposes. In music, a snare can also refer to a type of drum, known for its distinctive sharp, cracking sound.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snarenoun

    a contrivance, often consisting of a noose of cord, or the like, by which a bird or other animal may be entangled and caught; a trap; a gin

  2. Snarenoun

    hence, anything by which one is entangled and brought into trouble

  3. Snarenoun

    the gut or string stretched across the lower head of a drum

  4. Snarenoun

    an instrument, consisting usually of a wireloop or noose, for removing tumors, etc., by avulsion

  5. Snareverb

    to catch with a snare; to insnare; to entangle; hence, to bring into unexpected evil, perplexity, or danger

  6. Etymology: [AS. sneara cord, a string; akin to D. snoer, G. schnur, OHG. snour a cord, snarahha a noose, Dan. snare, Sw. & Icel. snara, Goth. snrj a basket; and probably also to E. needle. See Needle, and cf. Snarl to entangle.]


  1. SNARE

    SNARE proteins are a large protein superfamily consisting of more than 60 members in yeast and mammalian cells. The primary role of SNARE proteins is to mediate vesicle fusion, that is, the exocytosis of cellular transport vesicles with the cell membrane at the porosome or with a target compartment. SNAREs can be divided into two categories: vesicle or v-SNAREs, which are incorporated into the membranes of transport vesicles during budding, and target or t-SNAREs, which are located in the membranes of target compartments. Recent classification however takes account of the structural features of the SNARE proteins and divides them into R-SNAREs and Q-SNAREs. The best-studied SNAREs are those that mediate docking of Synaptic Vesicles with the presynaptic membrane. These SNAREs are the targets of the bacterial neurotoxins responsible for botulism and tetanus. SNAREs are small, abundant and mostly plasma membrane-bound proteins. Although they vary considerably in structure and size, all share a segment in their cytosolic domain called a SNARE motif that consists of 60-70 amino acids that are capable of reversible assembly into tight, four-helix bundles called "trans"-SNARE complexes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Snare

    snār, n. a running noose of string or wire, &c., for catching an animal: a trap: that by which any one is entrapped: a cord, esp. that stretched across the lower head of a drum: a surgical instrument for removing tumours, &c., by an ever-tightening loop.—v.t. same as Ensnare (q.v.).—v.i. to use snares.—n. Snār′er.—adj. Snār′y. [A.S. snear; Dut. snaar.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SNARE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Snare is ranked #30600 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Snare surname appeared 762 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Snare.

    93.9% or 716 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 20 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

Anagrams for snare »

  1. earns

  2. nares

  3. nears

  4. RNase

  5. saner

  6. rasen

  7. anser

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snare in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of snare in a Sentence

  1. John Dryden:

    Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.

  2. D. H. Lawrence:

    Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.

  3. Mayor Dario Nardella:

    Where once there were artisans' workshops, historic cafes, cinemas and old taverns, now fast food, pizzerias and low-grade restaurants have opened, ready to snare the first unsuspecting tourist.

  4. The Dhammapada:

    There is no fire like passion; there is no shark like hatred; there is no snare like folly; there is no torrent like greed.

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    a fabric with a nap that is longer and softer than velvet
    • A. occasional
    • B. suspicious
    • C. dangerous
    • D. plush

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