Definition of snake in English:

snake

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Pronunciation: /sneɪk
 
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noun

  • 1A long limbless reptile which has no eyelids, a short tail, and jaws that are capable of considerable extension. Some snakes have a venomous bite.
    • Suborder Ophidia (or Serpentes), order Squamata: many families
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    • The copperhead, a venomous snake, is dangerous, but its bite is rarely life-threatening to healthy adult humans.
    • Only about 50% of bites by exotic venomous snakes inject sufficient venom to cause clinical envenoming.
    • The illegible writing begins to shift and change, turning into a snake biting its own tail, which twirls in a circle.
    Synonyms
    literary serpent
    Zoology ophidian
    Australian rhyming slang Joe Blake
  • 3 (the snake) A former system of interconnected exchange rates for the currencies of EC countries: the snake did not have any provision for strong currency nations to help the weak
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    • Market pressures also busted the snake, as governments were unable to keep their currencies within these bands.
    • However, the snake was not very successful in limiting exchange rate fluctuations.
    • After France and Italy left the snake their currencies depreciated, making their goods more competitive than German goods.
  • 4 (in full plumber's snake) A long flexible wire for clearing obstacles in piping.
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    • As expected, they encountered the clog much farther down the pipe than the first plumber's snake could have reached from under the sink.
    • Step 3: If the closet auger is not effective, use a small snake in the same way as described for opening lavatory drains.
    • Plugged and or restricted drain lines need to be snaked out using a plumber drain cleaning snake.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  

Derivatives

snake-like

adjective
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  • Its teeth, rotting and yellow, were complemented by a long snake-like tongue that flicked around inside of a slimy, saliva filled mouth.
  • Her dark snake-like pupils amid rust-colored eyeballs made a look his way, showing an emotional intensity never noticed before.
  • On the way home, she showed off her sword: a beautiful five-foot long katana blade with a jade hilt in the shape of a snake-like Asian dragon.

Origin

Old English snaca, of Germanic origin.

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