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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trap, snare(noun)

    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 drum(noun)

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

  3. snare(noun)

    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. snare(noun)

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

  5. snare, gin, noose(verb)

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

  6. trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, trammel(verb)

    catch in or as if in a trap

    "The men trap foxes"

  7. hook, snare(verb)

    entice and trap

    "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"


  1. snare(Noun)

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

  2. snare(Noun)

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

  3. snare(Noun)

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

  4. snare(Noun)

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

  5. snare(Noun)

    A snare drum.

  6. snare(Verb)

    to catch or hold, especially with a loop.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snare(noun)

    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. Snare(noun)

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

  3. Snare(noun)

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

  4. Snare(noun)

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

  5. Snare(verb)

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

  6. Origin: [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.]

Anagrams for snare »

  1. earns, nares, nears, RNase, saner

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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. 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.

  4. 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.

Images & Illustrations of snare

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