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Dictionary Definition



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]
2 a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head [syn: snare drum, 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 noose [syn: gin, noose]


1 catch in or as if in a trap; "The men trap foxes" [syn: trap, entrap, ensnare, trammel]
2 entice and trap; "The car salesman had snared three potential customers" [syn: hook]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A trap made from a loop of wire, string, or leather.
  2. A mental or psychological trap; usually in the phrase a snare and a delusion.
  3. In the context of "veterinary": A loop of cord used in obstetric cases, to hold or to pull a fetus from the mother animal.
  4. A set of chains strung across the bottom of a drum to create a rattling sound.
  5. A snare drum.


a trap
  • Irish: dol
  • Kurdish: داو
(music) a type of drum having chains strung across the bottom to create a rattling sound


  1. to catch or hold, especially with a loop


to catch or hold, especially with a loop

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Extensive Definition

A snare is a kind of trap used for capturing animals. It may also mean:
snare in German: Snare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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