from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes or Ophidia (order Squamata), having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and found in most tropical and temperate regions.
- n. A treacherous person. Also called snake in the grass.
- n. A long, highly flexible metal wire or coil used for cleaning drains. Also called plumber's snake.
- n. Economics A fixing of the value of currencies to each other within defined parameters, which when graphed visually shows these currencies remaining parallel in value to each other as a unit despite fluctuations with other currencies.
- transitive v. To drag or pull lengthwise, especially to drag with a rope or chain.
- transitive v. To pull with quick jerks.
- transitive v. To move in a sinuous or gliding manner: tried to snake the rope along the ledge.
- intransitive v. To move with a sinuous motion: The river snakes through the valley.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.
- n. A treacherous person.
- n. A tool for unclogging plumbing.
- n. A tool to aid cable pulling.
- n. A trouser snake; the penis.
- v. To follow or move in a winding route.
- v. To steal slyly.
- v. To clean using a plumbing snake.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent, whether harmless or venomous. See ophidia, and serpent.
- transitive v. To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; -- often with out.
- transitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To crawl like a snake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A serpent; an ophidian; any member of the order Ophidia. See serpent and Qphidia.
- n. 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.
- n. 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. A snake-like amphibian: as, the Congo snake, the North American Amphiuma means, a urodele amphibian. See Amphiuma.
- n. A person having the character attributed to a snake; a treacherous person.
- n. In the seventeenth century, a long curl attached to the wig behind.
- n. The stem of a narghile.
- n. See snake-box.
- n. A form of receiving-instrument used in Wheat-stone's automatic telegraph.
- n. Same as green-snake.
- n. Same as garter-snake.
- n. The harlequin snake.
- n. See scarlet.
- To move or wind like a snake; serpentine; move spirally.
- 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.
- To pass small stuff across the outer turns of (a seizing) by way of finish.
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long faint constellation in the southern hemisphere near the equator stretching between Virgo and Cancer
- n. something long, thin, and flexible that resembles a snake
- n. a tributary of the Columbia River that rises in Wyoming and flows westward; discovered in 1805 by the Lewis and Clark Expedition
- v. move along a winding path
- n. a deceitful or treacherous person
- v. move smoothly and sinuously, like a snake
- n. limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
- v. form a snake-like pattern
Middle English, from Old English snaca.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English snāke, from Old English snaca ("snake, serpent, reptile"), from Proto-Germanic *snakô (compare dialectal German Schnake ("adder"), dialectal Low German Schnaak ("snake"), Swedish snok ("grass snake")), from *snakanan 'to crawl' (compare Old High German snahhan), from Proto-Indo-European *snag-, *sneg- 'to crawl; a creeping thing' (compare Sanskrit नाग (nāga, "snake")). (Wiktionary)