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Meaning & Definition of Snare in English

English

Snare

/snɛr/

noun

1. Something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares

  • "The exam was full of trap questions"
  • "It was all a snare and delusion"
    synonym:
  • trap
  • ,
  • snare

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

    synonym:
  • snare drum
  • ,
  • snare
  • ,
  • side drum

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
    synonym:
  • snare

4. Strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum

  • They make a rattling sound when the drum is hit
    synonym:
  • snare

5. A trap for birds or small mammals

  • Often has a slip noose
    synonym:
  • snare
  • ,
  • gin
  • ,
  • noose

verb

1. Catch in or as if in a trap

  • "The men trap foxes"
    synonym:
  • trap
  • ,
  • entrap
  • ,
  • snare
  • ,
  • ensnare
  • ,
  • trammel

2. Entice and trap

  • "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
    synonym:
  • hook
  • ,
  • snare