(Snatch) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snatched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Snatching.] [OE. snachen, snechen; akin
to D. snakken to gasp, to long to desire. Cf. Snack, n., Sneck.]
1. To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony; as, to snatch a loaf or a kiss.
When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take.Pope.
2. To seize and transport away; to rap. "Snatch me to heaven." Thomson.
Syn. To twitch; pluck; grab; catch; grasp; gripe.
(Snatch), v. i. To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch; often with at; as, to snatch
at a rope.
1. A hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or attempt to seize, suddenly.
2. A short period of vigorous action; as, a snatch at weeding after a shower. Tusser.
They move by fits and snatches.Bp. Wilkins.
3. A small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a scrap.
We have often little snatches of sunshine.Spectator.
Leave me your snatches, and yield me a direct answer.Shak.
(Snatch block) (Naut.), a kind of block with an opening in one side to receive the bight of
(Snatch"er) n. One who snatches, or takes abruptly.
(Snatch"ing*ly), adv. By snatching; abruptly.
(Snath) n. [Cf. AS. sniðan to cut, to mow, sn&aemacrd a bite, bit, snip.] The handle of a scythe; a
snead. [Variously written in England snead, sneed, sneath, sneeth, snathe, etc.; in Scotland written
(Snathe) v. t. [Cf. Icel. sneiða to cut into alices, sniða to cut; akin to AS. besn&aemacrdan, sniðan,
G. schneiden, OHG. snidan, Goth. sneiþan to cut, to reap, and E. snath, snithe.] To lop; to prune.
(Snat"tock) n. [See Snathe.] A chip; a slice. [Prov. Eng.] Gayton.
(Snaw) n. Snow. [Obs. or Scot.] Burns.
(Snead) n. [See Snath.]
1. A snath.
2. A line or cord; a string. [Prov. Eng.]
(Sneak) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sneaked (snekt); p. pr. & vb. n. Sneaking.] [OE. sniken, AS.
snican to creep; akin to Dan. snige sig; cf. Icel. snikja to hanker after.]