Pronunciation: (snāk), [key]
—n., v., snaked, snak•ing.
1. any of numerous limbless, scaly, elongate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes, comprising venomous and nonvenomous species inhabiting tropical and temperate areas.
2. a treacherous person; an insidious enemy. Cf. snake in the grass.
3. Building Trades.
a. Also called auger, plumber's snake. (in plumbing) a device for dislodging obstructions in curved pipes, having a head fed into the pipe at the end of a flexible metal band.
b. Also called wirepuller. a length of resilient steel wire, for threading through an electrical conduit so that wire can be pulled through after it.
to move, twist, or wind: The road snakes among the mountains.
1. to wind or make (one's course, way, etc.) in the manner of a snake: to snake one's way through a crowd.
2. to drag or haul, esp. by a chain or rope, as a log.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.