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Meaning of SNAG

Pronunciation:  snag

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an unforeseen obstacle
  2. [v]  hew jaggedly
  3. [v]  catch on a snag
  4. [v]  get by acting quickly and smartly

SNAG is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: hang-up, hitch, rub
 See Also: catch, hew, hitch, obstacle, obstruction, obtain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Snag\, n. [Prov. E., n., a lump on a tree where a branch
    has been cut off; v., to cut off the twigs and small branches
    from a tree, of Celtic origin; cf. Gael. snaigh, snaidh, to
    cut down, to prune, to sharpen, p. p. snaighte, snaidhte, cut
    off, lopped, Ir. snaigh a hewing, cutting.]
    1. A stump or base of a branch that has been lopped off; a
       short branch, or a sharp or rough branch; a knot; a
             The coat of arms Now on a naked snag in triumph
             borne.                                --Dryden.
    2. A tooth projecting beyond the rest; contemptuously, a
       broken or decayed tooth. --Prior.
    3. A tree, or a branch of a tree, fixed in the bottom of a
       river or other navigable water, and rising nearly or quite
       to the surface, by which boats are sometimes pierced and
    4. (Zo["o]l.) One of the secondary branches of an antler.
    {Snag boat}, a steamboat fitted with apparatus for removing
       snags and other obstructions in navigable streams. [U.S.]
    {Snag tooth}. Same as {Snag}, 2.
             How thy snag teeth stand orderly, Like stakes which
             strut by the water side.              --J. Cotgrave.
  2. \Snag\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snagged}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree;
       to hew roughly. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
    2. To injure or destroy, as a steamboat or other vessel, by a
       snag, or projecting part of a sunken tree. [U. S.]
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A standing dead tree. Sometimes a submerged fallen tree in large streams. The top of the tree is exposed or only slightly submerged.