• WordNet 3.6
    • v snare entice and trap "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
    • v snare catch in or as if in a trap "The men trap foxes"
    • n snare a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose
    • n snare strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit
    • n snare 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
    • n snare a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head
    • n snare something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares "the exam was full of trap questions","it was all a snare and delusion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Snare 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.
    • Snare (Med) An instrument, consisting usually of a wireloop or noose, for removing tumors, etc., by avulsion.
    • Snare 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."
    • Snare The gut or string stretched across the lower head of a drum.
    • v. t Snare 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snare A string; a cord; specifically, in a side-drum, one of the strings of gut or rawhide that are stretched across the lower head so as to produce a rattling reverberation on it.
    • n snare A noose; a springe; a contrivance, consisting of a noose or set of nooses of cord, hair, wire, or the like, by which a bird or other animal may be entangled; a net; a gin.
    • n snare Figuratively, anything by which one is entangled, entrapped, or inveigled.
    • n snare In surgery, a light écraseur, consisting usually of a wire loop or noose, for removing tumors and the like.
    • snare To catch with a snare or noose; net.
    • snare Figuratively, to catch or take by guile; bring by cunning into unexpected evil, perplexity, or danger; entangle; entrap.
    • snare To use snares; catch birds or other animals in snares.
    • snare In surgery, to cut off by means of a snare.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Snare snār a running noose of string or wire, &c., for catching an animal: a trap: that by which any one is entrapped: a cord, esp. that stretched across the lower head of a drum: a surgical instrument for removing tumours, &c., by an ever-tightening loop
    • v.t Snare same as Ensnare (q.v.)
    • v.i Snare to use snares
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  • Bible
    “Scornful men bring a city into a snare, but wise men turn away wrath. [Proverbs 29:8]”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.”
  • William Penn
    “Avoid popularity; it has many snares, and no real benefit.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Human brutes, like other beasts, find snares and poison in the provision of life, and are allured by their appetites to their destruction.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “A vow is a snare for sin.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. snear,a cord, a string; akin to D. snoer, G. schnur, OHG. snour, a cord, snarahha, a noose, Dan. snare, Sw. & Icel. snara, Goth. snrj, a basket; and probably also to E. needle,. See Needle, and cf. Snarl to entangle


In literature:

I search out iniquities; I snare the wicked man in his own nets; I make void the devices of his evil heart.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Not by snaring neither, for they were even without materials to make snares out of.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Now I have to record how I walked into the oldest snare in the world.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
He considered a town, everything in it, and everything connected with it, snares of the Evil One to lead men astray.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
By the middle of the afternoon the snares were done, but there had been no action with the rabbit, nor was there for the rest of the day.
"Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams
Cut some of the skins into strips and make snares to catch deer.
"A Treasury of Eskimo Tales" by Clara Kern Bayliss
She made a snare of this, but he said, "That will not do," and began to cry again.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
And my tongue is in a snare; I cannot speak at all!
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
The frame, as I have said, is like the hoop of a boy's bird-snare.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Jud put out his hand, and drawing the gold and crimson snare toward him, opened it.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

In poetry:

And he closed his eyes the sight to hide,
When he heard a light step at his side:
"O Esbern Snare! a sweet voice said,
"Would I might die now in thy stead!"
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Life hath so held me to an empty part,
Life hath so snared me, bound and made me blind.
To-morrow I may rest upon thy heart,
For death shall prove more kind.
"O Silver Rose" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
The child of my tenderest love and care
Has broken away from the tempter's snare;
tonight my heart is o'erflowing with joy,
I have found again my wandering boy.
"Wanderer's Return" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Did a gleam o' sunshine warm thee,
An' deceive thee?
Niver let appearance charm thee,
For believe me,
Smiles tha'll find are oft but snares,
Laid to catch thee unawares.
"To A Daisy, Found Blooming March 7th" by John Hartley
I will remember your smile, your caress,
Your eyes, so kind that day,—exquisite snare!—
Yourself, in fine, whom else I might not bless,
Only as they appeared, not as they were.
"Birds In The Night" by Paul Verlaine
Brave womanly heart that, beholding the shore,
Beholds her own grave unaware,--
Though the days to come their shame should unveil
Yet onward she still would dare!
Though the meadows smile with statesmanly guile,
And the cuckoo's call is a snare!
"Crossing Solway" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Snared by Own Springe .
The acting novice tagged along on his brother's audition for the film and wound up snaring the lead.
Revolution' snares Led Zep songs.
These days, Black Friday or Cyber Monday can also be about snaring a bargain on a vacation.
Elevate Digital snares $2.7M in funding.
A Utah County man's booby traps near a crude fort along a hiking trail have snared him 20 days in jail.
The American League batting leader did not start Sunday after he was hurt while trying to snare a home run by Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist on Saturday night.
Throughout the past four years on the Professional Bull Riders tour, American competitors have fallen short in their attempts to snare a gold buckle .
Dead Snares (Jeffrey Cain & friends).
0"Ugly Stick" rod snares 35-plus pound catfish .
Except that he did not snare it.
Miami Dolphins wideout Brandon Marshall set the NFL record for most receptions in a game when he snared 21 balls with the Denver Broncos in 2009.
Operation Iron Snare (Added: July 29, 2011).
Wednesday's Christmas-themed episode of "Duck Dynasty" snared 6.5 million viewers to become the most-watched telecast in A&E's long.
Wednesday's Christmas-themed episode of " Duck Dynasty" snared 6.5 million viewers to become the most-watched telecast in A&E's long.