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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English snare, from Old English sneare (a string; cord), from Proto-Germanic *snarhǭ (a sling; loop; noose). Cognate with Old Norse snara. Also related to German Schnur and Dutch snaar,snoer.

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NounEdit

snare (plural snares)

 
Bird caught in a snare
 
Drum fitted with snare wires
  1. A trap (especially one made from a loop of wire, string, or leather).
    • 1943, Graham Greene, The Ministry of Fear, London: Heinemann, 1960, Book Three, Chapter One, pp. 196-197,[1]
      He [] watched Beavis’s long-toothed mouth open and clap to like a rabbit snare.
    • 2013, Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, New York: Knopf, 2014, Chapter 18, p. 332,[2]
      He felt a snare tightening around his throat; he gasped and threw a leg out of the bed, where it jerked for a second or two, thumping the steel frame, and died.
  2. A mental or psychological trap.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, Act IV, Scene 2,[3]
      If thou retire, the Dauphin, well appointed,
      Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee:
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Exodus 23.33,[4]
      [] if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, London: W. Taylor, p. 193,[5]
      [] and I had now liv’d two Years under these Uneasinesses, which indeed made my Life much less comfortable than it was before; as may well be imagin’d by any who know what it is to live in the constant Snare of the Fear of Man []
    • 1865, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters, Chapter ,[6]
      [] riches are a great snare.”
    • 1978, Jan Morris, Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Part One, Chapter 9, p. 173,[7]
      They were devious war aims, and Allenby’s campaign was fought with a maximum of snare and subterfuge.
  3. (veterinary) A loop of cord used in obstetric cases, to hold or to pull a fetus from the mother animal.
  4. (music) A set of stiff wires held under tension against the lower skin of a drum to create a rattling sound.
  5. (music) A snare drum.

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VerbEdit

snare (third-person singular simple present snares, present participle snaring, simple past and past participle snared)

  1. To catch or hold, especially with a loop.
    • Milton
      Lest that too heavenly form [] snare them.
    • Shakespeare
      The mournful crocodile / With sorrow snares relenting passengers.

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

AdjectiveEdit

snare

  1. definite singular of snar
  2. plural form of snar

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

snare

  1. definite singular of snar
  2. plural form of snar

SwedishEdit

AdjectiveEdit

snare

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of snar.