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A snake (anaconda).


From Middle English snake, from Old English snaca (snake, serpent, reptile), from Proto-Germanic *snakô (compare German Low German Snake, Snaak (snake), dialectal German Schnake (adder), Swedish snok (grass snake), Icelandic snákur (snake)), derived from *snakaną (to crawl) (compare Old High German snahhan), from Proto-Indo-European *snog-, *sneg- (to crawl; a creeping thing) (compare Sanskrit नाग (nāga, snake)).



snake (plural snakes)

  1. A legless reptile of the sub-order Serpentes with a long, thin body and a fork-shaped tongue.
  2. A treacherous person.
    • 1838, Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby[2]:
      Mrs. Kenwigs was horror-stricken to think that she should ever have nourished in her bosom such a snake, adder, viper, serpent, and base crocodile, as Henrietta Petowker.
  3. A tool for unclogging plumbing.
  4. A tool to aid cable pulling.
  5. (slang) trouser snake; the penis
  6. (mathematics) A series of Bézier curves
  7. (cartomancy) The seventh Lenormand card.


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snake (third-person singular simple present snakes, present participle snaking, simple past and past participle snaked)

  1. (intransitive) To follow or move in a winding route.
    The path snaked through the forest.
    • 1996 September 24, Mark Addinall, “Football fever...”, in aus.personals, Usenet[3]:
      Any Brisbane female interested in snaking down a few beers whilst watching the footy on a big screen?
    The river snakes through the valley.
  2. (transitive, Australia, slang) To steal slyly.
    He snaked my DVD!
    • 2018 April 5, Hyena, “Home made supercharger ?”, in, Usenet[4]:
      Although it wouldn't be the first time some one patented an idea that I'd had a year earlier. [] Someone already has :) [] F*CK ME !!  Snaked again !
  3. (transitive) To clean using a plumbing snake.
  4. (US, informal) To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; often with out.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bartlett to this entry?)
  5. (nautical) To wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm.



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