1 [snair]
a device, often consisting of a noose, for capturing small game.
anything serving to entrap or entangle unawares; trap.
Surgery. a wire noose for removing tumors or the like by the roots or at the base.
verb (used with object), snared, snaring.
to catch with a snare; entangle.
to catch or involve by trickery or wile: to snare her into going.

before 1100; Middle English (noun and v.); cognate with Old Norse snara, Middle Low German snare, Old High German snar(a)ha

snareless, adjective
snarer, noun
snaringly, adverb
unsnared, adjective

1. See trap1. 2. net, seine. Unabridged


2 [snair]
one of the strings of gut or of tightly spiraled metal stretched across the skin of a snare drum.

1680–90; < Middle Low German snare or Middle Dutch snaer string; replacing Old English snēr string of a musical instrument Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
snare1 (snɛə)
1.  a device for trapping birds or small animals, esp a flexible loop that is drawn tight around the prey
2.  a surgical instrument for removing certain tumours, consisting of a wire loop that may be drawn tight around their base to sever or uproot them
3.  anything that traps or entangles someone or something unawares
4.  to catch (birds or small animals) with a snare
5.  to catch or trap in or as if in a snare; capture by trickery
[Old English sneare, from Old Norse snara; related to Old High German snaraha]

snare2 (snɛə)
music See snare drum a set of gut strings wound with wire fitted against the lower drumhead of a snare drum. They produce a rattling sound when the drum is beaten
[C17: from Middle Dutch snaer or Middle Low German snare string; related to Gothic snōrjō basket]

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Word Origin & History

"noose for catching animals," c.1100, from O.N. snara "noose, snare," related to soenri "twisted rope," from P.Gmc. *snarkho (cf. M.Du. snare, Du. snaar, O.H.G. snare, Ger. Schnur "noose, cord"). The verb is attested from 1388.

"string across a drum," 1688, probably from Du. snaar "string," from same source as snare (1).
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Medical Dictionary

snare (snâr)
A surgical instrument with a wire loop controlled by a mechanism in the handle, used to remove growths, such as tumors and polyps.

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Bible Dictionary

Snare definition

The expression (Amos 3:5), "Shall one take up a snare from the earth?" etc. (Authorized Version), ought to be, as in the Revised Version, "Shall a snare spring up from the ground?" etc. (See GIN.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Eventually he would snare a small bird or two, providing a tiny bit of protein
  for the family pot.
In the natural world, raccoons snare a lot of their meals in the water.
As the elephants left, though, one became trapped in a snare set by a carpenter.
One elephant had lost the last part of its trunk in a snare.
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