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Definition of "snare" [snare]

  • A trapping device, often consisting of a noose, used for capturing birds and small mammals. (noun)
  • Something that serves to entangle the unwary. (noun)
  • A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps. (noun)
  • To trap with or as if with a snare. See Synonyms at catch. (verb-transitive)
  • Any of the wires or cords stretched across the lower drumhead of a snare drum so as to vibrate against it. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "snare" in a sentence
  • "Notice the King James tone of her language, as in the use of the term "snare" which appears in Prov 7:23."
  • "When a bird trying to fly upwards is made to fall upon the earth snare, it is a plain proof that the snare is there; so, Israel, now that thou art falling, infer thence, that it is in the snare of the divine judgment that thou art entangled [Ludovicus De Dieu]. shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing -- The bird-catcher does not remove his snare off the ground till he has caught some prey; so God will not withdraw the Assyrians, &c., the instruments of punishment, until they have had the success against you which God gives them."
  • "So, what sounds like a drum machine snare, is actually a snare with a cymbal on top of it, and trying to recreate some of those dance sounds quite organically, and then afterwards, adding some of that synth quality."