Definition of snare in English:


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Pronunciation: /snɛː


  • 1A trap for catching birds or mammals, typically one having a noose of wire or cord.
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    • Most poachers used silent and invisible methods such as wire snares and jaw traps to capture their quarry, be it deer or tigers.
    • How many snares would a single hunter set in the forest?
    • In her diary entry for 4 June 1832, Sally Brown noted catching two partridges, probably using snares.
    trap, gin, net, noose
    rare springe
  • 1.1A thing likely to lure or tempt someone into harm or error: seducers laid their snares for innocent provincials
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    • Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    • Artists have been consciously aware for a very long time of the conflict between aesthetic image and reality and the fact that this conflict poses a specific set of contradictions, difficulties and potential snares.
    • Perhaps, if those children received help at this early stage, they might not fall permanently into the vicious snare of shyness which can leave adults, like Lynne Crawford, reflecting sadly on a life of missed opportunities.
    pitfall, trick, trap, tangle, web, mesh, catch, danger, hazard, peril
    literary toils
  • 2A length of wire, gut, or hide stretched across a drumhead to produce a rattling sound.
  • 2.1 (also snare drum) A drum fitted with snares; a side drum.
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    • He moved with butterfly-like motions between his snare drum, his bass drums and his cymbals in a jubilant pattern.
    • Sure, it had a fine array of percussion - timpani, snare drum, bass drum, gong, glockenspiel - but they were just there for effect.
    • Gentle brush strokes on a snare drum and soft, lilting vocals are all well and good, but pure pleasantness is apt to fall into the category of being dangerously languorous.
  • 3 Surgery A wire loop for severing polyps or other growths.
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    • If a polyp or abnormality is found, your doctor may choose to remove it with a snare or using cautery.
    • The operator slowly closed the snare as the wire advanced through the tissue allowing for simultaneous cutting and coagulation.
    • If a polyp or abnormal tissue is found, the doctor may choose to remove it with a snare or cautery, or may take a biopsy.


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  • 1Catch (a bird or mammal) in a snare: the foxes were humanely snared
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    • Concerned fishermen put pilchard bait on a rock, snared the bird and cut the nylon away.
    • Paying no attention, other men were trying to snare birds with their shirts.
    • They used a quad bike and a hurling net to snare the pig who had captured the front page readers for the past three weeks.
  • 1.1Catch or trap (someone): five blackmailers were snared in a police sting
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    • Dubbed the Black Widow, the 43-year-old mother-of-one wove webs of fantasy to snare her male victims, often luring them with promises of a new life that police would come to call the American Dream.
    • The faintest bit of curiosity is all it takes to snare you.
    • It's Sadie Hawkins day, and a prime opportunity for the women of Dogpatch to snare a husband.



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  • Tucked among the trees on the northern end of the plains, I visited the decaying remains of a snarer's hut.
  • Activities conducted in the area included education and awareness seminars for snarers and trappers during the winter snaring and trapping seasons.
  • Only fully certified snarers would be allowed to operate in March ‘to ensure the highest level of protection for non-target species,’ the report recommended.


late Old English sneare, from Old Norse snara. sense 2 of the noun is probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch snare 'harp string'.

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