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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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▪ Humpback whales have even been seen to weave a snare of air-bubbles - a bubble net.
▪ It is also a sort of high-tech snare, with State Police as hunters and hundreds of hapless cabbies their sorry prey.
▪ It was in those rabbit-runs through the gorse that some of the local boys used to set snares.
▪ Just like humans, they go hunting with their blowpipes and they erect snares and traps in the jungle.
▪ When going to the C section keep the snare going.
▪ Boggs is one of three people snared in an ongoing federal investigation.
▪ And it has failed to snare any major global accounts in several years.
▪ Attempts to snare even rabbits became dangerous forays.
▪ Coevolution can be seen as two parties snared in the web of mutual propaganda.
▪ For instance, the network has shelled out big bucks to snare Bill Cosby for a new sitcom in the fall.
▪ He added that attempts were being made to snare them by hanging nets between trees.
▪ Nielsen himself has snared a 15-pounder at San Pablo.
▪ This fallacy has snared philosophers from Plato to Leibniz and beyond, and it still snares many major physicists.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Snare \Snare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snared; p. pr. & vb. n. Snaring.] To catch with a snare; to insnare; to entangle; hence, to bring into unexpected evil, perplexity, or danger.

Lest that too heavenly form . . . snare them.

The mournful crocodile With sorrow snares relenting passengers.


Snare \Snare\, n. [AS. sneara cord, a string; akin to D. snoer, G. schnur, OHG. snour a cord, snarahha a noose, Dan. snare, Sw. & Icel. snara, Goth. sn?rj? a basket; and probably also to E. needle. See Needle, and cf. Snarl to entangle.]

  1. A contrivance, often consisting of a noose of cord, or the like, by which a bird or other animal may be entangled and caught; a trap; a gin.

  2. Hence, anything by which one is entangled and brought into trouble.

    If thou retire, the Dauphin, well appointed, Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee.

  3. The gut or string stretched across the lower head of a drum.

  4. (Med.) An instrument, consisting usually of a wireloop or noose, for removing tumors, etc., by avulsion.

    Snare drum, the smaller common military drum, as distinguished from the bass drum; -- so called because (in order to render it more resonant) it has stretched across its lower head a catgut string or strings.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"noose for catching animals," late Old English, from a Scandinavian source such as Old Norse snara "noose, snare," related to soenri "twisted rope," from Proto-Germanic *snarkho (cognates: Middle Dutch snare, Dutch snaar, Old High German snare, German Schnur "noose, cord," Old English snear "a string, cord"). Figuratively from c.1300.


"string across a drum," 1680s, probably from Dutch snaar "string," from same source as snare (n.1). From 1938 as short for snare-drum (1873).


late 14c., "to ensnare," from snare (n.1). Related: Snared; snaring.


n. 1 A trap made from a loop of wire, string, or leather. 2 (context rare English) A mental or psychological trap; usually in the phrase '''a snare and a delusion'''. 3 (context veterinary English) A loop of cord used in obstetric cases, to hold or to pull a fetus from the mother animal. 4 (context music English) A set of chains strung across the bottom of a drum to create a rattling sound. 5 (context music English) A snare drum. vb. to catch or hold, especially with a loop.

  1. n. something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares; "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion" [syn: trap]

  2. a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head [syn: snare drum, side drum]

  3. a surgical instrument consisting of wire hoop that can be drawn tight around the base of polyps or small tumors to sever them; used especially in body cavities

  4. strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit

  5. a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a noose [syn: gin, noose]

  1. v. catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes" [syn: trap, entrap, ensnare, trammel]

  2. entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers" [syn: hook]

SNARE (protein)

SNARE proteins (an acronym derived from "SNAP (Soluble NSF Attachment Protein) REceptor") are a large protein superfamily consisting of more than 60 members in yeast and mammalian cells. The primary role of SNARE proteins is to mediate vesicle fusion, that is, the fusion of vesicles with their target membrane bound compartments (such as a lysosome). The best studied SNAREs are those that mediate docking of synaptic vesicles with the presynaptic membrane in neurons. These SNAREs are the targets of the bacterial neurotoxins responsible for botulism and tetanus.

Snare (software)

Snare (sometimes also written as SNARE, an acronym for System iNtrusion Analysis and Reporting Environment) is a collection of software tools that collect audit log data from a variety of operating systems and applications to facilitate centralised log analysis. Enterprise Agents are available for Linux, OSX, Windows, Solaris, Microsoft SQL Server, a variety of browsers, and more. Snare Enterprise Epilog for Windows facilitates the central collection and processing of Windows text-based log files such as ISA/ IIS. Snare Enterprise Epilog for Unix provides a method to collect any text based log files on the Linux and Solaris operating systems. Opensource Agents are available for Irix and AIX.

Snare is currently used by hundreds of thousands of individuals and organisations worldwide to meet local and federal information security guidelines associated with auditing and eventlog collection.


Snare may refer to:

  • Snare trap, a kind of trap used for capturing animals
  • Snare drum
    • Snare (percussion), the rattles that give a snare drum its name and distinctive tone
    • Snare drum technique
  • SNARE (protein), a family of proteins involved in vesicle fusion
  • The Snares, a group of islands approximately 200 kilometres south of New Zealand
  • Snares penguin, a bird indigenous to the islands
  • Snare, a science fiction novel by Katharine Kerr
  • Vascular snare, a surgical device
    • Snare technique (surgery), a technique used for surgical extraction and cauterization
  • Snare, a Transformers (fiction) character
  • C. J. Snare, a rock and roll singer
  • Todd Snare, a drummer
  • Snare (software), a group of open-source agents, and a commercial server, used to collect audit log data from a variety of operating systems and applications

Usage examples of "snare".

The dexterity of the spies, whom he sent into the Gothic camp, allured the Barbarians into a fatal snare.

Navy is in your hands, but you must take command of their automated submerged platform, the Snare.

The evidence pointed to Amos Marle as the designer of the snare, with the invaders as fighters in his employ.

The Manichaan Christian, believing the soul to be imprisoned in matter by demons who fought against God in a previous life, struggled, by fasting, thought, prayer, and penance, to rescue the spirit from its fleshly entanglements, from all worldly snares and illusions, that it might be freed from the necessity of any further abode in a material body, and, on the dissolution of its present tabernacle, might soar to its native light in the blissful pleroma of eternal being.

It was strategically unsound, flashy but built out of pseudo traps tailored to snare potzers who thought they saw an unsuspected opening suitable for a quick kill.

Abruptly the orchestra ceased playing with a roll of the snare drum, a flourish of the cornet and a prolonged growl of the bass viol.

They would even frame little plans whereby she might better herself in life, and avoid the many snares and pitfalls that would beset her lonely path in the Quartier Latin when they were gone.

The fighters who had managed to snare each other were Gregg and Dave, with Sarge standing by as a bewildered umpire.

It would do for Sheff, that third snare of the triple trap, though Hobgood wished he had reserved it for The Shadow!

TV jumped to a 24-hour satellite starward of Terra and showed us the whole moonlit Earth backed by the Milky Way, as if snared by a diamond-dewy spiderweb.

From their corner came a medley of mellow sounds, the subdued chirps of the violins, the dull bourdon of the bass viol, the liquid gurgling of the flageolet and the deep-toned snarl of the big horn, with now and then a rasping stridulating of the snare drum.

Since Lady Inger has been simple enough to walk into the snare, Nils Sture will not make many difficulties.

Defenders would attack the testudo, attempting to smash it or set it on fire, or use grappling hooks and ropes to try to snare the ram itself.

Thy witty wiles to draw, and get The lark into the trammel net: Thou hast thy cockrood, and thy glade To take the precious pheasant made: Thy lime-twigs, snares, and pit-falls then To catch the pilfering birds, not men.

Three vials of the tears which daemons weep When virtuous spirits through the gate of Death Pass triumphing over the thorns of life, Sceptres and crowns, mitres and swords and snares, Trampling in scorn, like Him and Socrates.