American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A length of fine threadlike material, such as monofilament or gut, that connects a fishhook to a heavier line; a length of leader.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Active; brisk; nimble; spirited.
- Keen; piercing; sharp; severe; hard: as, a snell frost.
- n. A short piece of gut, gimp, or sea-grass on which fishhooks are tied; a snood. The best material for snells is silkworm-gut, as it is light, strong, and nearly invisible.
- To tie or fasten to a line or gut, as a hook for angling.
- adj. Active, brisk or nimble; Lively.
- adj. Quick, sudden; Sharp.
- adj. Quick-witted; Witty.
- adj. Harsh; Severe.
- n. A short line of horsehair, gut, monofilament, etc., by which a fishhook or lure is attached to a longer (and usually heavier) line.
- v. To tie a hook to the end of a fishing line with a snell knot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Archaic or Prov. Eng. & Scot. Active; brisk; nimble; quick; sharp.
- n. A short line of horsehair, gut, etc., by which a fishhook is attached to a longer line.
- Origin Unknown. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Uni knot snell is an easy way to snell your hook without having to cut a leader.”
“Assuming a woebegone air I told my uncle that 'Auld Reekie' suited me poorly, and that the climate was too 'snell' for my southern constitution.”
“Several days in the mornings, before R.L. Stevenson was able to face the somewhat "snell" air of the hills, I had long walks with the old gentleman, when we also had long talks on many subjects -- the liberalising of the Scottish Church, educational reform, etc.; and, on one occasion, a statement of his reason, because of the subscription, for never having become an elder.”
“I am planning on just fishing a worm on a snell rig.”
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“Probably the most popular of all trolling rigs involves just a simple spinner, some beads, and various hook riggings on a 3-foot snell.”
“Bulluts sped past President Hamid Karzai and black smoke and the snell of gunpowder filled the air when Taliban militants struck Afghanistan's most important military parade on sunday.”
“Sharrkan crave at him like a lion angry grim, mounted on a courser like a wild gazelle flying snell and slim; and coming nigh to him made the spear he hent to shake as it were a darting snake, and recited these couplets,”
“Then they displayed Shahrazad in the third dress and the fourth and the fifth and she became as she were a Bán-branch snell or a thirsting gazelle, lovely of face and perfect in attributes of grace, even as saith of her one in these couplets121: —”
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