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snell1

[snel] /snɛl/
noun
1.
a short piece of nylon, gut, or the like, by which a fishhook is attached to a line.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; origin uncertain

snell2

[snel] /snɛl/
adjective, Chiefly Scot.
1.
active; lively:
a snell lad.
2.
witty:
a snell remark.
3.
severe:
snell weather.
Origin
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old High German snel (German schnell) quick, Old Norse snjallr excellent

Snell

[snel] /snɛl/
noun
1.
Peter (George) born 1938, New Zealand distance runner.
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British Dictionary definitions for snell

snell

/snɛl/
adjective
1.
(Scot) biting; bitter; sharp
Word Origin
Old English snel quick, active

Snell

/snɛl/
noun
1.
Sir Peter (George). born 1938, New Zealand athlete; winner of three Olympic gold medals: for the 800 metres in 1960, and again in 1964, when he also won gold for the 1500 metres
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Word Origin and History for snell
adj.

Old English snel "quick, active," cognate with Old Saxon, Dutch, Old High German snel, German schnell "swift, quick," Old Danish snel "swift, fleet," Old Norse snjallr "eloquent, able, bold." It survived as a surname and in Scottish and northern English; used by Burns and Scott. Italian snello is from Germanic.

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snell in Medicine

Snell (sněl), George. Born 1903.

American geneticist. He shared a 1980 Nobel Prize for discoveries concerning cell structure that enhanced understanding of the immunological system, resulting in higher success rates in organ transplantation.

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