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SNARE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does snare mean? 

SNARE (noun)
  The noun SNARE has 5 senses:

1. something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
2. a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head
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 slip noose

  Familiarity information: SNARE used as a noun is common.


SNARE (verb)
  The verb SNARE has 2 senses:

1. catch in or as if in a trap
2. entice and trap

  Familiarity information: SNARE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SNARE (noun)


Sense 1snare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

snare; trap

Context examples:

the exam was full of trap questions / it was all a snare and delusion

Hypernyms ("snare" is a kind of...):

design; plan (an arrangement scheme)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "snare"):

iron trap (a trap from which there is no escape)

speed trap (a trap arranged on a roadway for catching speeders)


Sense 2snare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

side drum; snare drum; snare

Hypernyms ("snare" is a kind of...):

drum; membranophone; tympan (a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end)

Meronyms (parts of "snare"):

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


Sense 3snare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("snare" is a kind of...):

surgical instrument (a medical instrument used in surgery)


Sense 4snare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("snare" is a kind of...):

string (a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed)

Holonyms ("snare" is a part of...):

side drum; snare; snare drum (a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head)


Sense 5snare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

noose; gin; snare

Hypernyms ("snare" is a kind of...):

trap (a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned)

Meronyms (parts of "snare"):

slipknot (a knot at the end of a cord or rope that can slip along the cord or rope around which it is made)


SNARE (verb)


Sense 1snare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Catch in or as if in a trap

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

snare; trammel; ensnare; entrap; trap

Context example:

The men trap foxes

Hypernyms (to "snare" is one way to...):

capture; catch (capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping)

Domain category:

hunt; hunting (the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "snare"):

gin (trap with a snare)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They snare the animals


Sense 2snare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Entice and trap

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

snare; hook

Context example:

The car salesman had snared three potential customers

Hypernyms (to "snare" is one way to...):

entice; lure; tempt (provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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