I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sneare, probably from Old Norse snara; akin to Old High German snuor cord and perhaps to Greek narkē numbness Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) a contrivance often consisting of a noose for entangling birds or mammals (2) trap, gin b. (1) something by which one is entangled, involved in difficulties, or impeded (2) something deceptively attractive 2. [probably from Dutch snaar, literally, cord; akin to Old High German snuor] a. one of the catgut strings or metal spirals of a snare drum b. snare drum 3. a surgical instrument consisting usually of a wire loop constricted by a mechanism in the handle and used for removing tissue masses (as tonsils) II. transitive verb (snared; snaring) Date: 14th century 1. a. to capture by or as if by use of a snare b. to win or attain by artful or skillful maneuvers 2. to entangle or hold as if in a snare <
any object that snared his eye — Current Biography
Synonyms: see catchsnarer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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