snag

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snag hew jaggedly
    • v snag catch on a snag "I snagged my stocking"
    • v snag get by acting quickly and smartly "snag a bargain"
    • n snag an unforeseen obstacle
    • n snag an opening made forcibly as by pulling apart "there was a rip in his pants","she had snags in her stockings"
    • n snag a dead tree that is still standing, usually in an undisturbed forest "a snag can provide food and a habitat for insects and birds"
    • n snag a sharp protuberance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Snag A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch; a knot; a protuberance. "The coat of arms
      Now on a naked snag in triumph borne."
    • Snag A tooth projecting beyond the rest; contemptuously, a broken or decayed tooth.
    • Snag A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk.
    • Snag (Zoöl) One of the secondary branches of an antler. "How thy snag teeth stand orderly,
      Like stakes which strut by the water side."
    • Snag To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly.
    • Snag To injure or destroy, as a steamboat or other vessel, by a snag, or projecting part of a sunken tree.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snag A sharp protuberance; a projecting point; a jag.
    • n snag Specifically A short projecting stump, stub, or branch; the stubby base of a broken or cut-off branch or twig; a jagged branch separate from the tree.
    • n snag A tree, or part of a tree, lying in the water with its branches at or near the surface, so as to be dangerous to navigation.
    • n snag Hence A hidden danger or obstacle; an unsuspected source or occasion of error or mistake; a stnmbling-block.
    • n snag A snag-tooth.
    • n snag The fang or root of a tooth.
    • n snag A branch or tine on the antler of a deer; a point. See cut under antler.
    • n snag plural The fruit of the snag-bush.
    • snag To catch or run upon a snag: as, to snag a fish-hook; to snag, a steamboat.
    • snag Figuratively, to entangle; embarrass; bring to a standstill.
    • snag To fill with snags; act as a snag to.
    • snag To clear of snags.
    • snag To trim by lopping branches; cut the branches, knots, or protuberances from, as the stem of a tree.
    • n snag A snail.
    • n snag In mech., a lug, or projection from a surface, through which there is a hole to receive a bolt or pin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Snag snag a sharp protuberance: a short branch: a projecting tooth or stump: a tree lying in the water so as to impede navigation—hence any stumbling-block or obstacle
    • v.t Snag to catch on a snag: to entangle: to fill with snags, or to clear from such
    • v.t Snag snag to lop superfluous branches from a tree
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E., n., a lump on a tree where a branch has been cut off; v., to cut off the twigs and small branches from a tree, of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. snaigh, snaidh, to cut down, to prune, to sharpen, p. p. snaighte, snaidhte, cut off, lopped, Ir. snaigh, a hewing, cutting

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps they went too near the shore and got snagged on a stump or a rock.
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
Instead of snags, why not blow up the Muggers?
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
Shandor frowned, a snag in the chain drawing his attention.
"Bear Trap" by Alan Edward Nourse
If you got something, snag it.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen
It can't be possible that you mean to skip a growing place like Snags' Corners!
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
We have touched a snag!
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
A motor boat, going head-on upon a snag, can be easily wrecked.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
We don't want to snag a pontoon.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Snagged her umbrella on it, I believe.
"Helpfully Yours" by Evelyn E. Smith
The many-fanged snag barely had been avoided as it reached the upward limit of its rhythmic rising and falling.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
An' now ye've almost fergot the old trail with all its snags, because a new one lies afore ye.
"The Frontiersman" by H. A. Cody
The swell of a passing steamboat, or a snag or a sawyer in the river, would sink them.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
The hook at the end of the cable snagged another cable hung between two steel poles on the roof of the store.
"The Golden Skull" by John Blaine
Maybe he'd snagged his suit and blown up like a soap bubble.
"First Man" by Clyde Brown
We made an extra steering-oar, too, because one of the others might get broke on a snag or something.
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
Here the investigation struck another snag.
"The Crime of the Century" by Henry M. Hunt
This lake ends in a big muskeg, and we snagged our canoe there one fall.
"For the Allinson Honor" by Harold Bindloss
Against one of these snags we had run.
"The Perils and Adventures of Harry Skipwith" by W.H.G. Kingston
He reached back and snagged another can of coffee and went to work on it.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
Suggestive of snags and America, and tremendous gorges?
"Original Penny Readings" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

So from under the blanket's rim
I raised and showed him the other,
A snag as ugly and grim
As its ugly brother.
"Grand-Père" by Robert W Service
"Some capsized in an angry breeze,
Some were lost in the narrow seas,
Some on snags and some on sands
Struck and perished and lost their hands.
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And I pray that every venture
The port of peace may enter,
That, safe from snag and fall
And siren-haunted islet,
And rock, the Unseen Pilot
May guide us one and all.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Or, mid the tangling cumber
And pack of mountain lumber
That spring floods downward force,
Over sunken snag, and bar
Where the grating shallows are,
The good boat held her course.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Sons of the granite hills, awake!
Ye're on a mighty stream afloat,
With all your liberties at stake;—
A faithless pilot's on your boat!
And, while ye've lain asleep, ye're snagged Nor can ye cry for help,—YE'RE GAGGED!
"The Gag" by John Pierpont
We cross the pasture, and through the wood
Where the old gray snag of the poplar stood,
Where the hammering "red-heads" hopped awry,
And the buzzard "raised" in the "clearing" sky
And lolled and circled, as we went by
Out to Old Aunt Mary's.
"Old Aunt Mary's" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

In a new interview with Rachael Ray airing on her talk show Friday, LeAnn Rimes' hubby reveals the strangest thing he ever did to snag an acting gig.
I managed to snag one.
On Sunday, he'll run the Los Angeles Marathon in an an attempt to snag a Guinness World Record for the heaviest human to finish a 26.2 mile race.
What appeared like a prelude to a happy ending for an old abandoned church, may have hit a snag.
Diving catch snags repeat for the Royals .
Kevin Ogletree was the Cowboys' breakout star in their 24-17 win over the Giants in the opener, snagging eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs.
The 'Who Says' singer was thisclose to snagging the title role in a remake of the horror classic 'Carrie.
Romney narrowly snags Pepperell and Townsend .
A bald eagle studies the lunch prospects from a snag along the river.
Turf war , snagging tarpon and a crash course in etiquette.
Houston's new health insurance plan hits financial snag.
Drivers hoping to snag a cheap car during dealerships' model-year-end clearances may have to do a little more wheeling and dealing this year.
Upper Crust Catholic School Snags 91st Street Spot for Expansion.
For years Hallandale's Yardbird Records was a local fave for snagging rare vinyl treasures, making the shop's closing in late 1998 a sad day for the turntable set.
You are on your way to work, maybe running a few moments late after spilling coffee on your tie or snagging your tights, just as you were heading out the door.
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In science:

Applying Theorem 5 to truncated unitary matrices we almost get Theorem 4, but there is one snag.
From random matrices to random analytic functions
The snag with this scenario is that within the particle-physics standard model even massive mixed neutrinos cannot decay fast enough because the absence of flavor-violating neutral currents prevents processes of the sort ντ → νe ν e νe .
Neutrino Masses in Astrophysics and Cosmology
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