1. [syn: snare drum, snare, side drum]
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.
2. Hence, anything by which one is entangled and brought into
If thou retire, the Dauphin, well appointed,
Stands with the snares of war to tangle thee.
3. The gut or string stretched across the lower head of a
4. (Med.) An instrument, consisting usually of a wireloop or
noose, for removing tumors, etc., by avulsion.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across
the lower head [syn: snare drum, snare, side drum]