Webster 1913 Edition
snaca; akin to LG.
snok; of uncertain origin.]
Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent, whether harmless or venomous. See
☞ Snakes are abundant in all warm countries, and much the larger number are harmless to man.
a large African snake (–
Python Sebae) used by the natives as a fetich.
a common European columbrine snake (–
The secretary bird.–
a worm fence (which see).
any one of several species of neuropterous insects of the genus–
Rhaphidia; – so called because of their large head and elongated neck and prothorax.
a cucurbitaceous plant (–
Trichosanthes anguina) having the fruit shorter and less snakelike than that of the serpent cucumber.
The secretary bird.
The chaparral cock.–
the common club moss (–
Lycopodium clavatum). See
the fruit of a sapindaceous tree (–
Ophiocaryon paradoxum) of Guiana, the embryo of which resembles a snake coiled up.
any one of numerous species of colubrine snakes which habitually live in trees, especially those of the genus
Dendrophisand allied genera.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; – often with out.
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.
To crawl like a snake.
Webster 1828 Edition
See also: snake
- The sixth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.
- (video games) 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.
- (geography) A river in the northwestern United States, tributary to the Columbia.
German Low German
From Middle Low German snāke, from Old Saxon *snako, from Proto-Germanic *snakô. More at snake.
Snake m (plural Snaken)
See also: Snake
snake (plural snakes)
- A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.
- 1892, Oscar Wilde, A House of Pomegranates:
- The man writhed like a trampled snake, and a red foam bubbled from his lips.
- A treacherous person.
- 1838, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby:
- Mrs. Kenwigs was horror-stricken to think that she should ever have nourished in her bosom such a snake, adder, viper, serpent, and base crocodile, as Henrietta Petowker.
- A tool for unclogging plumbing.
- A tool to aid cable pulling.
- (slang) the ****.
- (mathematics) A series of Bézier curves
- (reptile): joe blake, serpent
- (plumbing tool): auger, plumber's snake
- (tool for cable pulling): wirepuller
- (slang: ****): trouser snake
Terms derived from snake (noun)
snake (third-person singular simple present snakes, present participle snaking, simple past and past participle snaked)
- (intransitive) To follow or move in a winding route.
- The path snaked through the forest.
- 1996 September 24, Mark Addinall, “Football fever...”, in aus.personals, Usenet:
- Any Brisbane female interested in snaking down a few beers whilst watching the footy on a big screen?
- The river snakes through the valley.
- (transitive, Australia, slang) To steal slyly.
- He snaked my DVD!
- 2016 April 5, Hyena, “Home made supercharger ?”, in aus.cars, Usenet:
- Although it wouldn't be the first time some one patented an idea that I'd had a year earlier. […] Someone already has :) […] F*CK ME !! Snaked again !
- (transitive) To clean using a plumbing snake.
- (US, informal) To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; often with out.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)
- (nautical) 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.
to move in a winding path