any of numerous limbless, scaly, elongate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes, comprising venomous and nonvenomous species inhabiting tropical and temperate areas.
a treacherous person; an insidious enemy.
Compare snake in the grass.
Also called auger, plumber’s snake. (in plumbing) a device for dislodging obstructions in curved pipes, having a head fed into the pipe at the end of a flexible metal band.
Also called wirepuller. a length of resilient steel wire, for threading through an electrical conduit so that wire can be pulled through after it.
verb (used without object), snaked, snaking.
to move, twist, or wind:
The road snakes among the mountains.
verb (used with object), snaked, snaking.
to wind or make (one’s course, way, etc.) in the manner of a snake:
to snake one’s way through a crowd.
to drag or haul, especially by a chain or rope, as a log.
any reptile of the suborder Ophidia (or Serpentes), typically having a scaly cylindrical limbless body, fused eyelids, and a jaw modified for swallowing large prey: includes venomous forms such as cobras and rattlesnakes, large nonvenomous constrictors (boas and pythons), and small harmless types such as the grass snake related adjectives colubrine ophidian
Also called snake in the grass. a deceitful or treacherous person
anything resembling a snake in appearance or action
(in the European Union) a former system of managing a group of currencies by allowing the exchange rate of each of them only to fluctuate within narrow limits
a tool in the form of a long flexible wire for unblocking drains
(intransitive) to glide or move like a snake
(transitive) (US) to haul (a heavy object, esp a log) by fastening a rope around one end of it
(transitive) (US) (often foll by out) to pull jerkily
(transitive) to move in or follow (a sinuous course)
noun 1. a Californian plant, Dichelostemma volubile, of the amaryllis family, having a twining stem and an umbel of rose-red or pink flowers.
noun 1. an elongate, deep-sea fish, Gempylus serpens, inhabiting tropical and temperate seas, having jutting jaws and strong teeth.
noun, plural snakemouths [sneyk-mouth z] /ˈsneɪkˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA) 1. rose pogonia. noun 1. a terrestrial orchid, Pogonia ophioglossoides, of E North America, having solitary fragrant pinkish-purple flowers
noun 1. any of various liquid concoctions of questionable medical value sold as an all-purpose curative, especially by traveling hucksters. 2. Slang. deceptive talk or actions; hooey; bunkum: The governor promised to lower taxes, but it was the same old snake oil. snake-hips see under banana oil