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NOUN (5)

1. something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares;
- Example: "the exam was full of trap questions"
- Example: "it was all a snare and delusion"
[syn: trap, snare]

2. a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head;
[syn: 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;

4. strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit;

5. a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose;
[syn: snare, gin, noose]


VERB (2)

1. catch in or as if in a trap;
- Example: "The men trap foxes"
[syn: trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, trammel]

2. entice and trap;
- Example: "The car salesman had snared three potential customers"
[syn: hook, snare]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Snare \Snare\, n. [AS. sneara cord, a string; akin to D. snoer, G. schnur, OHG. snour a cord, snarahha a noose, Dan. snare, Sw. & Icel. snara, Goth. sn?rj? a basket; and probably also to E. needle. See Needle, and cf. Snarl to entangle.] 1. A contrivance, often consisting of a noose of cord, or the like, by which a bird or other animal may be entangled and caught; a trap; a gin. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, anything by which one is entangled and brought into trouble. [1913 Webster] If thou retire, the Dauphin, well appointed, Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. The gut or string stretched across the lower head of a drum. [1913 Webster] 4. (Med.) An instrument, consisting usually of a wireloop or noose, for removing tumors, etc., by avulsion. [1913 Webster] Snare drum, the smaller common military drum, as distinguished from the bass drum; -- so called because (in order to render it more resonant) it has stretched across its lower head a catgut string or strings. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Snare \Snare\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snared; p. pr. & vb. n. Snaring.] To catch with a snare; to insnare; to entangle; hence, to bring into unexpected evil, perplexity, or danger. [1913 Webster] Lest that too heavenly form . . . snare them. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The mournful crocodile With sorrow snares relenting passengers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

snare n 1: something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares; "the exam was full of trap questions"; "it was all a snare and delusion" [syn: trap, snare] 2: a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head [syn: 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 4: strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit 5: a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose [syn: snare, gin, noose] v 1: catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes" [syn: trap, entrap, snare, ensnare, trammel] 2: entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers" [syn: hook, snare]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

145 Moby Thesaurus words for "snare": abstract, allure, allurement, and, annex, appropriate, bag, bait, bait the hook, baited trap, birdlime, bola, bongo drum, boost, borrow, capture, catch, catch out, catch up, charm, chicane, chicanery, cobweb, come-on, conga, cop, crib, deception, decoy, decoy duck, defraud, dragnet, drawcard, drawing card, drum, drumhead, drumskin, drumstick, embezzle, embrangle, endearment, enmesh, ensnare, ensnarement, ensnarl, entangle, enticement, entoil, entrap, entrapment, enweb, extort, filch, fishhook, fly, foul, gill net, gin, ground bait, harpoon, hook, hook in, inveigle, inveiglement, involve, jazz stick, jig, kettle, kettledrum, land, lariat, lasso, lift, lime, lure, make off with, membranophone, mesh, meshes, nail, net, nip, noose, palm, pilfer, pinch, plug, poach, pound net, purloin, purse seine, rope, run away with, rustle, sack, scrounge, seduce, seducement, seine, seize, shoplift, side drum, snag, snare drum, snarl, snatch, sniggle, snitch, spear, spinner, spread the toils, springe, squid, steal, swindle, swipe, tabor, taboret, tabret, take, tam-tam, tambourine, tangle, tangle up with, tempt, temptation, tenor drum, thieve, timbrel, timpani, toils, tom-tom, trammel, trap, trawl, trip, troll-drum, tymp stick, tympan, tympanon, tympanum, walk off with, war drum, wind, wobbler
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Snare 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.)