Meaning of snake

snake

Pronunciation: (snāk), [key]
— n., v., snaked, snak•ing.
—n.
  1. any of numerous limbless, scaly, elongate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes, comprising venomous and nonvenomous species inhabiting tropical and temperate areas.
  2. a treacherous person; an insidious enemy. Cf.
    1. Also calledauger, 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.
    2. Also calledwirepuller.a length of resilient steel wire, for threading through an electrical conduit so that wire can be pulled through after it.
—v.i.
  1. to move, twist, or wind: The road snakes among the mountains.
—v.t.
  1. to wind or make (one's course, way, etc.) in the manner of a snake: to snake one's way through a crowd.
  2. to drag or haul, esp. by a chain or rope, as a log.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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