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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 of snell1
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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  • "I've got a supply of coffin-nails," said snell, as he produced several packages of cigarettes.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums Burt L. Standish
  • With a gasp, snell plunged through the crowd and took to his heels.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • Then I saw snell hunching down on a bench, a nerveless and shaken man if there ever was one.

  • snell, on finding Frank and his friends were in Boston, had played the spy on the party.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • Mr. snell has created a wide audience among the younger readers of America.

  • Then he hunted up snell, and it was not hard to induce Wat to accompany him.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • Dr. snell bowed a lofty assent; for, to receive a hint from a layman was to confer a favor on him.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • Oh, I can read you, snell—I know the workings of your evil mind!

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
  • At this, thinking he was not in danger of immediate personal violence, snell became suddenly bold.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise Burt L. Standish
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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