, the smaller common military drum, as distinguished from the bass drum; — so called because (in order to render it more resonant) it has stretched across its lower head a catgut string or strings.

(Snare), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Snaring.] To catch with a snare; to insnare; to entangle; hence, to bring into unexpected evil, perplexity, or danger.

Lest that too heavenly form . . . snare them.

The mournful crocodile
With sorrow snares relenting passengers.

(Snar"er) n. One who lays snares, or entraps.

(Snarl) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snarled ; p. pr. & vvb. n. Snarling.] [Etymol. uncertain.] To form raised work upon the outer surface of (thin metal ware) by the repercussion of a snarling iron upon the inner surface.

(Snarl), v. t. [From Snare, v. t.]

1. To entangle; to complicate; to involve in knots; as, to snarl a skein of thread. "Her snarled hair." Spenser.

2. To embarrass; to insnare.

[The] question that they would have snarled him with.

(Snarl), n. A knot or complication of hair, thread, or the like, difficult to disentangle; entanglement; hence, intricate complication; embarrassing difficulty.

(Snarl), v. i. [From Snar.]

1. To growl, as an angry or surly dog; to gnarl; to utter grumbling sounds. "An angry cur snarls while he feeds." Dryden & Lee.

2. To speak crossly; to talk in rude, surly terms.

It is malicious and unmanly to snarl at the little lapses of a pen, from which Virgil himself stands not exempted.

(Snarl), n. The act of snarling; a growl; a surly or peevish expression; an angry contention.

(Snarl"er) n. One who snarls; a surly, growling animal; a grumbling, quarrelsome fellow.

(Snarl"er), n. One who makes use of a snarling iron.

(Snarl"ing), a. & n. from Snarl, v.

Snarling iron, a tool with a long beak, used in the process of snarling. When one end is held in a vise, and the shank is struck with a hammer, the repercussion of the other end, or beak, within the article worked upon gives the requisite blow for producing raised work. See 1st Snarl.

(Snar"y) a. [From Snare.] Resembling, or consisting of, snares; entangling; insidious.

Spiders in the vault their snary webs have spread.

(Snast) n. [Cf. Snite, v. t.] The snuff, or burnt wick, of a candle. [Obs.] Bacon.

Snare drum

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