snake

Definitions

  • THREE SNAKE PRIESTS
    THREE SNAKE PRIESTS
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snake move along a winding path "The army snaked through the jungle"
    • v snake move smoothly and sinuously, like a snake
    • v snake form a snake-like pattern "The river snakes through the valley"
    • n snake limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
    • n snake something long, thin, and flexible that resembles a snake
    • n Snake a long faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near the equator stretching between Virgo and Cancer
    • n Snake a tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition
    • n snake a deceitful or treacherous person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE SNAKE DANCE THE SNAKE DANCE
WHERE THE SNAKES ARE KEPT WHERE THE SNAKES ARE KEPT
An Eastern Snake Charmer An Eastern Snake Charmer
The Snake and the File The Snake and the File
The Man and the Snake The Man and the Snake
Porcupine, Snake, and Company Porcupine, Snake, and Company
Hobey Baker; Walter Camp, Jr.; Snake Ames, Jr Hobey Baker; Walter Camp, Jr.; Snake Ames, Jr
The witch and her snakes The witch and her snakes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Taipan snakes have 50 times more toxic than a cobra snake
    • n Snake (Zoöl) Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent, whether harmless or venomous. See Ophidia, and Serpent.☞ Snakes are abundant in all warm countries, and much the larger number are harmless to man.
    • v. i Snake To crawl like a snake.
    • Snake To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; -- often with out.
    • Snake (Naut) To wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are no snakes in New Zealand
    • n snake A serpent; an ophidian; any member of the order Ophidia. See serpent and Qphidia.
    • n snake Specifically, the common British serpent Coluber or Tropidonotus natrix, or Xatrix torquata, a harmless ophidian of the family Colubridæ: distinguished from the adder or viper, a poisonous serpent of the same country. This snake is widely distributed in Europe, and attains a length of 3 feet or more. It is now sometimes specified as the common or ringed snake, in distinction from the smooth snake (Coronella lævis).
    • n snake A lizard with rudimentary limbs or none, mistaken for a true snake: as, the Aberdeen snake (the blindworm or slow-worm); a glass-snake. See snake-lizard, and cuts under amphisbæna, blindworm, dart-snake, glass-snake, scheltopusik, and serpentiform.
    • n snake A snake-like amphibian: as, the Congo snake, the North American Amphiuma means, a urodele amphibian. See Amphiuma.
    • n snake A person having the character attributed to a snake; a treacherous person.
    • n snake In the seventeenth century, a long curl attached to the wig behind.
    • n snake The stem of a narghile.
    • n snake See snake-box.
    • n snake A form of receiving-instrument used in Wheat-stone's automatic telegraph.
    • n snake Same as green-snake.
    • n snake Same as garter-snake.
    • n snake The harlequin snake.
    • n snake See scarlet.
    • snake To move or wind like a snake; serpentine; move spirally.
    • snake To drag or haul, especially by a chain or rope fastened around one end of the object. as a log; hence, to pull forcibly; jerk: used generally with out or along.
    • snake Nautical:
    • snake To pass small stuff across the outer turns of (a seizing) by way of finish.
    • snake To wind small stuff, as marline or spun-yarn, spirally round (a large rope) so that the spaces between the strands will be filled up; worm.
    • snake To fasten (backstays) together by small ropes stretched from one to the other, so that if one backstay is shot away in action it may not fall on deck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Snake is a delicacy in China
    • n Snake snāk a serpent—Snakes (Ophidia) form one of the classes of reptiles, in shape limbless and much elongated, embracing tree-snakes, the water-snakes, and the very venomous sea-snakes (Hydrophidæ), the burrowing-snakes (Typhlopidæ) and the majority, which may be called ground-snakes
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Quotations

  • Persian Proverb
    Persian Proverb
    “He who has been bitten by a snake fears a piece of string.”
  • Walt Whitman
    Walt%20Whitman
    “This face is a dog's snout sniffing for garbage, snakes nest in that mouth, I hear the sibilant threat.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Edible. Good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up.”
  • Jean Anouilh
    Jean%20Anouilh
    “Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it.”

Idioms

Lower than a snake's belly - Someone or something that is lower than a snake's belly is of a very low moral standing.
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Lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut - (USA) If someone or something is lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut, they are of low moral standing because a snake's belly is low and if the snake is in a wagon rut, it is really low.
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Mad as a cut snake - (AU) One who is mad as a cut snake has lost all sense of reason, is crazy, out of control.
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Snake in the grass - Someone who is a snake in the grass betrays you even though you have trusted them.
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Snake oil - Advice or medicine which is of no use.
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Snake oil salesperson - A person who promotes something that doesn't work, is selling snake oil.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. snaca,; akin to LG. snake, schnake, Icel. snākr, snkr, Dan. snog, Sw. snok,; of uncertain origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. snaca, prob. from snícan, to creep; Ice. snák-r.

Usage

In literature:

Every one must learn to kill a snake with a snake stick.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
To begin with the Snake.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
He was a human snake.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
First of all I heard something rustle close by me, and I saw the grass move, and there was a snake.
"The Dingo Boys" by G. Manville Fenn
So the snake waited, polite, with the diny in its mouth, for me to move on.
"Attention Saint Patrick" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The hog seems to have the strongest antipathy to the snake tribe; without the least fear of them.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
The black snake and the brown snake are the most common of the deadly serpents.
"The Land of the Kangaroo" by Thomas Wallace Knox
The expression of this snake's face is hideous and fierce.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
One never picked up an object without first investigating with a board or stick lest there be a snake under it.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
Snake big snake, aig big aig.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
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In poetry:

A snake said:
"In the world there is a place
Where you can lie
And dream of her white face."
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
But see the brothers, bent on ill!
Neela yet kind and calm,
Beholds a knot of Snakes, that fill
A basket made of palm!
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
Listen, for like a golden snake
The Ocean twists and stirs,
And whispers how the dead men wake
And call across the years.
"The Welsh Sea" by James Elroy Flecker
Then, ho! for beaming bank and brake,
Far-folded hills among,
Where Williams, like a silver snake,
Draws winding lengths along!
"Dungog" by Henry Kendall
They told me, and I stood aghast,
That on a spot where snakes were swarming,
A form, 'twas his, they found at last—
A sight of horror, strange, alarming.
"The Black Snakes" by Janet Hamilton
Early love, fair fount of waters,
Ever by enchantment flowing,
Where two snakes, her innocent daughters,
Were wont to swim among the blowing,
Wilding flowers thou knowest well,
In the wood of our sweet spell!
"Early Love" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

Mitt Romney is comparable to a snake-oil salesmen.
2012 Ford Shelby Mustang Gt500 Super Snake Engine Compartment .
Hagerman quarterback Kade Kress was named the Snake River Conference's Offensive Player of the Year.
It's an old snake-oil sales pitch, but it's wrapped in new layers of technical sophistication and Internet marketing: the phony diploma.
Though it was a snake but it turned out to be big earthworm about 18 to 20 inches long.
Only 50 years ago, the snake-like fish accounted for half of the biomass of Lake Ontario.
2012 Ford Shelby Gt500 Super Snake Emblem Detail.
The brothers are said to have named their business after the Chad, a stream that snaked through the town.
They have two teenagers, a couple of dogs and a pet snake named Onions.
Romney plan is 'snake oil.
Only Matthews could ask Gingrich his favorite snake and then not let him answer the question.
If this video of one gecko saving another gecko from a deadly snake is any indication, you could do a lot worse than having a gecko look out for your safety.
Snake swallows golf ball , lives to tell the story.
Snake swallows golf ball, lives to tell the story.
Ever since Satan took the form of a snake and tempted Adam and Eve, there has been a mystery associated with reptiles.
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In science:

The inset illustrates the effect of “snaking”, the existence of a non-zero total transmission even in the case of a zero forward transmission t at the level of an individual scattering.
Modeling the propagation of a signal through a layered nanostructure: Connections between the statistical properties of waves and random walks
In complete analogy with the discrete case, the full Brownian snake can be reconstructed from its contour pair description since Ws (t) = ˆWσ(s,t) where σ(s, t) = sup{s′ ≤ s | e(s′ ) = t}.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
States spaces of the snake and of its tour – Convergence of the discrete snake.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Serlet. A large deviation principle for the Brownian snake, Stochastic Process.
Random Planar Lattices and Integrated SuperBrownian Excursion
Evans, Snakes and spiders: Brownian motion on R-trees, Probab.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
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