Snifting valve, a small valve opening into the atmosphere from the cylinder or condenser of a steam engine, to allow the escape of air when the piston makes a stroke; — so called from the noise made by its action.

(Snig) v. t. [See Snick a small cut.] To chop off; to cut. [Prov. Eng.]

(Snig), v. i. [See Sneak.] To sneak. [Prov. Eng.]

(Snig, Snigg), n. [Cf. Sneak.] (Zoöl.) A small eel. [Prov. Eng.]

(Snig"ger) v. i. See Snicker. Thackeray.

Snicker to Snow

(Snick"er) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snickered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Snickering.] [Cf. D. snikken to sob, to sigh.] [Written also snigger.]

1. To laugh slyly; to laugh in one's sleeve.

2. To laugh with audible catches of voice, as when persons attempt to suppress loud laughter.

(Snick"er), n. A half suppressed, broken laugh. [Written also snigger.]

(Snide) a. Tricky; deceptive; contemptible; as, a snide lawyer; snide goods. [Slang]

(Sniff) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sniffed or Snift; p. pr. & vb. n. Sniffing.] [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf. Dan. snive to sniff. See Snuff, v. t.] To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; — sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt.

So ye grow squeamish, gods, and sniff at heaven.
M. Arnold.

(Sniff), v. t.

1. To draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country.

2. To perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell; as, to sniff danger.

(Sniff), n. The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air.

(Sniff"ing), n. (Physiol.) A rapid inspiratory act, in which the mouth is kept shut and the air drawn in through the nose.

(Snif"fle) v. i. [Freq. of sniff. See Snivel.] To snuffle, as one does with a catarrh. [Prov. Eng.]

(Snift) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Snifting.] [From Sniff.]

1. To snort. [Obs.] "Resentment expressed by snifting." Johnson.

2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell.

It now appears that they were still snifing and hankering after their old quarters.

(Snift), n.

1. A moment. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

2. Slight snow; sleet. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

(Snift"ing), a. & n. from Snift.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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