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Meaning of "snake" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SNAKE

Old English snaca; related to Old Norse snākr snake, Old High German snahhan to crawl, Norwegian snōk snail.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SNAKE

snake  [sneɪk] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SNAKE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Snake is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb snake in English.

WHAT DOES SNAKE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

snake

Snake

Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes' paired organs appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca. Living snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica, in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and on most smaller land masses — exceptions include some large islands, such as Ireland and New Zealand, and many small islands of the Atlantic and central Pacific. More than 20 families are currently recognized, comprising about 500 genera and about 3,400 species. They range in size from the tiny, 10 cm-long thread snake to the Reticulated python of up to 8.7 meters in length.

Definition of snake in the English dictionary

The first definition of snake in the dictionary is any reptile of the suborder Ophidia, 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, and small harmless types such as the grass snake related adjectives colubrine ophidian. Other definition of snake is Also called: snake in the grass. a deceitful or treacherous person. Snake is also anything resembling a snake in appearance or action.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SNAKE

PRESENT

Present
I snake
you snake
he/she/it snakes
we snake
you snake
they snake
Present continuous
I am snaking
you are snaking
he/she/it is snaking
we are snaking
you are snaking
they are snaking
Present perfect
I have snaked
you have snaked
he/she/it has snaked
we have snaked
you have snaked
they have snaked
Present perfect continuous
I have been snaking
you have been snaking
he/she/it has been snaking
we have been snaking
you have been snaking
they have been snaking
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I snaked
you snaked
he/she/it snaked
we snaked
you snaked
they snaked
Past continuous
I was snaking
you were snaking
he/she/it was snaking
we were snaking
you were snaking
they were snaking
Past perfect
I had snaked
you had snaked
he/she/it had snaked
we had snaked
you had snaked
they had snaked
Past perfect continuous
I had been snaking
you had been snaking
he/she/it had been snaking
we had been snaking
you had been snaking
they had been snaking
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will snake
you will snake
he/she/it will snake
we will snake
you will snake
they will snake
Future continuous
I will be snaking
you will be snaking
he/she/it will be snaking
we will be snaking
you will be snaking
they will be snaking
Future perfect
I will have snaked
you will have snaked
he/she/it will have snaked
we will have snaked
you will have snaked
they will have snaked
Future perfect continuous
I will have been snaking
you will have been snaking
he/she/it will have been snaking
we will have been snaking
you will have been snaking
they will have been snaking
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would snake
you would snake
he/she/it would snake
we would snake
you would snake
they would snake
Conditional continuous
I would be snaking
you would be snaking
he/she/it would be snaking
we would be snaking
you would be snaking
they would be snaking
Conditional perfect
I would have snake
you would have snake
he/she/it would have snake
we would have snake
you would have snake
they would have snake
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been snaking
you would have been snaking
he/she/it would have been snaking
we would have been snaking
you would have been snaking
they would have been snaking
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you snake
we let´s snake
you snake
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to snake
Past participle
snaked
Present Participle
snaking
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SNAKE


bake
beɪk
blacksnake
ˈblækˌsneɪk
Blake
bleɪk
brake
breɪk
break
breɪk
bullsnake
ˈbʊlˌsneɪk
cake
keɪk
cupcake
ˈkʌpˌkeɪk
drake
dreɪk
fake
feɪk
intake
ˈɪnˌteɪk
jake
dʒeɪk
lake
leɪk
make
meɪk
mistake
mɪˈsteɪk
outbreak
ˈaʊtˌbreɪk
rattlesnake
ˈrætəlˌsneɪk
shake
ʃeɪk
take
teɪk
wake
weɪk

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SNAKE

snaily
snake charmer
snake dance
snake eyes
snake fence
snake fly
snake in the grass
snake juice
snake mackerel
snake oil
snake pit
Snake River
snake´s head
snakebird
snakebit
snakebite
snakebitten
snakefish
snakehead
snakelike

WORDS THAT END LIKE SNAKE

blind snake
brown snake
bull snake
coral snake
diamond snake
garter snake
glass snake
gopher snake
grass snake
hognose snake
indigo snake
king snake
milk snake
rat snake
sea snake
smooth snake
tiger snake
tree snake
water snake
whip snake

Synonyms and antonyms of snake in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SNAKE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «snake» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of snake
bend · curve · deviate · meander · ramble · serpent · turn · twist · wind · zigzag

Translation of «snake» into 25 languages

TRANSLATOR
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TRANSLATION OF SNAKE

Find out the translation of snake to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of snake from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «snake» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

serpiente
570 millions of speakers

English

snake
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

साँप
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ثُعْبَان
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

змея
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

cobra
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সাপ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

serpent
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ular
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Schlange
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ヘビ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Snake
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

con rắn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பாம்பு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सर्प
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yılan
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

serpente
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wąż
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

змія
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

șarpe
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

φίδι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

slang
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

orm
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

slange
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of snake

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SNAKE»

The term «snake» is very widely used and occupies the 6.979 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of snake
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «snake».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SNAKE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «snake» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «snake» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about snake

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «SNAKE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word snake.
1
Karl Abraham
In neurotics, worm phobias are usually found as well as snake phobias.
2
Jean Anouilh
Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way.
3
Alan Arkin
I don't live in L.A. on purpose because I don't wanna be immersed in that. I have to have a real life, with real people, in order to inform what I'm doing; otherwise, it just becomes the snake eating its own tail. Vampirism.
4
Peter Benchley
A human being is still more likely to die of a bee sting, snake bite or, Lord knows, automobile accident than by shark attack. We do not execute the perpretrators of death by car. We should not butcher an animal for an inadvertent homicide.
5
Annie Besant
Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and - as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis - emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness.
6
Ambrose Bierce
Edible - good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.
7
Lord Byron
Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it.
8
Nicolas Cage
Every great story seems to begin with a snake.
9
James Cameron
The snake kills by squeezing very slowly. This is how the civilized world slowly, slowly pushes into the forest and takes away the world that used to be.
10
Chanakya
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SNAKE»

Discover the use of snake in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to snake and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
What's Wrong with My Snake?
This user-friendly home medical reference identifies and explains existing and potential problems in snakes.
John Rossi, Roxanne Rossi, 2006
2
Snake Lake
The story follows Greenwald as he wins the friendship of a high lama who reveals the pillars of Tibetan Buddhism; embarks on a passionate romance with a spunky but curiously unlucky news photographer; and discovers what democracy means to ...
Jeff Greenwald, 2010
3
Snake Pits, Talking Cures & Magic Bullets: A History of ...
Looks at how the mentally ill have been treated throughout history, focusing on advances made in the 19th and 20th centuries regarding mental hospitals, medications, and social acceptance.
Deborah Kent, 2003
4
Snake Oil Science: The Truth about Complementary and ...
Here is not only an entertaining critique of the strangely zealous world of CAM belief and practice, but it also a first-rate introduction to how to correctly interpret scientific research of any sort.
R. Barker Bausell, 2007
5
Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging ...
Illuminating the many ways in which the past is recreated to suit the needs of the present, a riveting archaeological detective story investigates one of the most famous pieces of ancient Greek art, a gold and ivory statuette of the Snake ...
Kenneth D. S. Lapatin, 2003
6
The Girl and the Snake and Other Short Plays
This series of plays offers contemporary drama and new editions of classic plays. The series has been developed to support classroom teaching and to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stages 3 and 4.
Renata Allen, 1996
7
Black Snake: The Daring of Ned Kelly
Was Ned Kelly a villain? Or a hero? What do you think?
Carole Wilkinson, 2005
8
Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway
Offers a critical look at the hyperbole surrounding the Internet and the future uses of computer networks, and discusses the false assumptions concerning the true benefits of computers
Clifford Stoll, 1996
9
Kali and the Rat Snake
Kali is an outsider at his school in India until catching a snake makes him a hero.
Zai Whitaker, 2000
10
Snake Oil, Hustlers and Hambones: The American Medicine Show
"Medical practices, commerce, and advertising are explored in relation to the history of the rise and eventural demise of the medicine show in America."--preface.
Ann Anderson, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SNAKE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term snake is used in the context of the following news items.
1
*UPDATE* Temple teen dies after possible snake bite, cobra …
The Austin Police department released photos (photo 1, photo 2) of a Monocled Cobra. They add that the photos are not of the actual snake that is missing. «MyFox Austin, Jul 15»
2
Ken Stabler first showed brilliance, became 'The Snake' in Foley
Kenny "The Snake" Stabler, a former Alabama quarterback, also played in the National Football League for the Oakland Raiders (1970-79), Houston Oilers ... «AL.com, Jul 15»
3
This Md. family says their 'dream home' is infested with snakes
In early April, a 4-year-old boy spotted a three-foot black rat snake emerging from the facade of his family's new Annapolis home. Jody and Jeffrey Brooks initially ... «Washington Post, Jun 15»
4
Snake 'Won't Really Speak Much at All' in Metal Gear Solid 5
In an interview with IGN, Kojima discussed Snakes character archetype and how he was redesigned for this game. "I've said it many times, but I understand why ... «IGN, Mar 15»
5
Snake Park murder case postponed
He is accused of shooting Siphiwe Mahori, 14, to death in Snake Park, Soweto, on Monday afternoon. He allegedly fired at a group of people attempting to ... «Independent Online, Jan 15»
6
Snake that slithered from toilet in San Diego may have been seeking …
The snake that slithered out of a toilet in an office building in downtown San Diego apparently belonged to a resident in the building and may have gone missing ... «Los Angeles Times, Jan 15»
7
The Discovery Channel has now reduced itself to man-eating snake
The special promised to show naturalist and daredevil Paul Rosolie get consumed whole by the massive snake. The first 90 minutes or so of the two-hour show ... «Quartz, Dec 14»
8
Discovery channel urged to drop stunt in which man gets eaten by …
Around 20,000 people have already signed a petition to boycott the show and Discovery is due to make an official statement about the programme. Snakes alive ... «The Guardian, Nov 14»
9
EXPERT: New Discovery Show About Man Eaten Alive By A Snake
According to that, a man will put on a suit that will stop him from being crushed by the constricting power of the largest snake on the planet, one that grows longer ... «Business Insider, Nov 14»
10
Albino cobra: Snake in Thousand Oaks captured
Television reports showed officers using a long-handled tong-like grabber to haul the snake from a pile of scrap lumber in a backyard and put it in a long ... «Christian Science Monitor, Sep 14»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Snake [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/snake>. Nov 2019 ».
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