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snake

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Animals
snakesnake1 /sneɪk/ ●●● W3 noun [countable]  1 snake.jpg HBAan animal with a long thin body and no legs, that often has a poisonous bite A snake slithered across our path.a poisonous/venomous snake2 TRUST# (also snake in the grass) informal someone who cannot be trustedCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa poisonous/venomous snakeHe warned me there were poisonous snakes in the region.a deadly snakeIt is the most deadly snake in India.verbsa snake bites somebodyI might get bitten by a snake.a snake hisses (=makes a noise which sounds like 'ssss')The snake hissed at him and opened its mouth.a snake slithers somewhere (=moves there)Just feet from me, a green snake slithered silently across the path.a snake coils itself around somethingThe snake coiled itself around the branch.
Examples from the Corpus
snakeWhen I was born, the nurses said I was cold as a snake.They may be wise as an owl, slippery as an eel or even a snake in the grass.A geek is a carnival performer who bites the heads off live chickens and snakes.Now he found himself playing Kaa, the deaf snake known for the power of his hug.In a corner, hoses lay coiled like a family of dormant snakes.But at darkest midnight when all was silent in the house two great snakes came crawling into the nursery.A solid snake of people still wound back along the north shore of the loch.The snake was still inside the leg, and I couldn't even see it.a poisonous/venomous snakeWhile on a mission, Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake.
snakesnake2 verb [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]  TURNif a river, road, train, or line snakes somewhere, it moves in long twisting curves syn windsnake along/past/down etc The road snaked along the valley far below. The train was snaking its way through the mountains.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
snakeHe could not believe that her hand snaked across the seat toward his.I stared at the brown rivulets snaking down the wall where my window should have been.He led the way, his slim hips in the tight fitting pants snaking gracefully between the tables.Ships steamed, highways snaked, houses clustered, all, from this height, orderly, and in their smallness touching.It snakes in and out of ports, along our busiest highways and through our most crowded cities.Usually the lines pictured on the evening news were just the ones that snaked outside store entrances.Across its upper half, two lines Of human figures snake toward an abstract river.snake along/past/down etcThe stem of the poppy snakes down and up again, in defiance of gravity, the head faces the viewer.The road snakes along hills wearing premature coats of green.Her hand snaked down his pyjamas to feel his hardness ... Then it was morning.In the valley, new construction snakes along the branches of the Gallatin River.Then, for the last twenty minutes, the road snakes down the mountainside.I stared at the brown rivulets snaking down the wall where my window should have been.
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Verb table
snake
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theysnake
he, she, itsnakes
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theysnaked
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave snaked
he, she, ithas snaked
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad snaked
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill snake
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have snaked
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam snaking
he, she, itis snaking
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you, we, theyare snaking
Past
I, he, she, itwas snaking
you, we, theywere snaking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been snaking
he, she, ithas been snaking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been snaking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be snaking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been snaking
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