Definition of snail in English:


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Pronunciation: /sneɪl


  • 1A mollusc with a single spiral shell into which the whole body can be withdrawn.
    • Many species in the class Gastropoda
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    • Large or small, landlubbers or seafarers or both, hermit crabs have one feature in common: they generally spend their lives inside the empty shells of snails or other mollusks.
    • As gardeners already know, all other slugs and snails (or gastropod mollusks, to the experts) sport a soft and slimy foot.
    • For most species of snails, shells and body plans curl in only one direction.
  • 1.1Used in reference to something very slow: he drove at a snail’s pace
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    • A ship, slower than a snail, is crossing the sea.
    • Your internet connection is slow as a snail and your telephone makes buzzing noises.
    • When this kicks in, the PC can slow to a snails ' pace.



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  • Together with Mr Schröder, the French president will now attempt to slow further the already snail-like pace of liberalisation of the energy and telecoms markets.
  • Instead of a swift inquiry, and a swift resolution, its pace was snail-like.
  • The implant consists of electronics and a thin set of wires containing pads that are designed to touch and stimulate the auditory nerve that lies exposed inside the snail-like cochlea of the inner ear.


Old English snæg(e)l, of Germanic origin; related to German Schnecke.

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