- The definition of a snare is a tool for trapping something or a type of drum.
- An example of a snare is a crab trap.
- An example of a snare is a pipe drum.
- To snare is defined as to catch or trap something.
An example of to snare is to catch a fish.
- a kind of trap for small animals, usually consisting of a noose which jerks tight upon the release of a spring trigger
- anything dangerous, risky, etc. that tempts or attracts; thing by which a person is entangled; trap
- any of a set of spiraled wires or of lengths of gut, strung across the bottom of a snare drum for added vibration
- [sometimes pl.] a snare drum
- Surgery a wire noose for removing tumors, polyps, etc.
Origin of snareMiddle English from Old English sneare from Old Norse snara, akin to Old High German snarha from Indo-European an unverified form (s)nerk- from base an unverified form (s)ner-, to twist: see narcotic
transitive verbsnared, snar′ing
- to catch in a trap or snare
- to tempt or attract into a situation, esp. one that is dangerous, risky, etc.
Origin of snare< Du snaar, akin to Ger schnur
- A trapping device, often consisting of a noose, used for capturing birds and small mammals.
- Something that lures or entangles the unwary: the snares of merchandisers; the snare of debt.
- A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.
transitive verbsnared, snar·ing, snares
- To trap with or as if with a snare. See Synonyms at catch.
- To get hold or control of (something difficult to catch): The fielder snared the ground ball.
Origin of snareMiddle English from Old English snearu and from Old Norse snara
- Any of the wires or cords stretched across the lower drumhead of a snare drum so as to vibrate against it.
- A snare drum.
Origin of snareProbably from Dutch snaar string from Middle Dutch snāre
- A trap made from a loop of wire, string, or leather.
- (rare) A mental or psychological trap; usually in the phrase a snare and a delusion.
- (veterinary) A loop of cord used in obstetric cases, to hold or to pull a fetus from the mother animal.
- (music) A set of chains strung across the bottom of a drum to create a rattling sound.
- (music) A snare drum.
(third-person singular simple present snares, present participle snaring, simple past and past participle snared)
- to catch or hold, especially with a loop.
- snare drum
From Late Old English sneare, from Old Norse snara.