Snag
Snag Snag, n. [Prov. E., n., a lump on a tree where a branch has been cut off; v., to cut off the twigs and small branches from a tree, of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. snaigh, snaidh, to cut down, to prune, to sharpen, p. p. snaighte, snaidhte, cut off, lopped, Ir. snaigh a hewing, cutting.] 1. A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a short branch, or a sharp or rough branch; a knot; a protuberance. [1913 Webster]

The coat of arms Now on a naked snag in triumph borne. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. A tooth projecting beyond the rest; contemptuously, a broken or decayed tooth. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and sunk. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) One of the secondary branches of an antler. [1913 Webster]

5. Any sharp protuberant part of an object, which may catch, scratch, or tear other objects brought into contact with it. [1913 Webster]

{Snag boat}, a steamboat fitted with apparatus for removing snags and other obstructions in navigable streams. [U.S.]

{Snag tooth}. Same as {Snag}, 2. [1913 Webster]

How thy snag teeth stand orderly, Like stakes which strut by the water side. --J. Cotgrave. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, , , , , , / (in contempt) / (fixed at one end in a river)


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  • snag — [snag] n. [< Scand, as in ON snagi, wooden peg, Norw snage, sharp point, projection, akin to Ger schnake] 1. a piece, part, or point that sticks out, esp. one that is sharp or rough, as the broken end of a tree limb ☆ 2. an underwater tree… …   English World dictionary

  • Snag — Snag, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snagged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snagging}.] 1. To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. [1913 Webster] 2. To injure or destroy, as a steamboat or other vessel, by a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snag — [n] complication in situation bar, barrier, blockade, brake, bug*, catch, Catch 22, clog, crimp, cropper, crunch, curb, difficulty, disadvantage, drag*, drawback, fix*, glitch, hamper, hitch, holdup*, hole*, hurdle, impediment, inconvenience,… …   New thesaurus

  • snag — ► NOUN 1) an unexpected or hidden obstacle or drawback. 2) a sharp, angular, or jagged projection. 3) a small rent or tear. ► VERB (snagged, snagging) 1) catch or tear on a snag. 2) N. Amer …   English terms dictionary

  • snag — index block, complex (entanglement), damper (stopper), entanglement (confusion), impediment, o …   Law dictionary

  • snag — n *obstacle, obstruction, impediment, bar Analogous words: *projection, protuberance: *difficulty, hardship, vicissitude: barring or bar, blocking or block, hindering or hindrance (see corresponding verbs at HINDER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • snag- — *snag germ.?, Verb: nhd. kriechen; ne. crawl (Verb); Hinweis: s. *snagila ; Etymologie: idg. *sneg , Verb, kriechen, Pokorny 974; Literatur: Falk/Torp 519 …   Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • snag — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, major ▪ little, minor, slight, small ▪ A minor snag is that it s expensive. ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • snag — I. /snæg / (say snag) noun 1. a short, projecting stump, as of a branch broken or cut off. 2. any sharp or rough projection. 3. a tree or part of a tree held fast in the bottom of a river or other water and forming an impediment or danger to… …   Australian English dictionary

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