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Naked men belabouring one another with snagged sticks, or dully falling together by the ears at fisty-cuffs. More. SNA.ii. n. s. ... [rnoegl, Sax snegel, Dut] 1. A slimy animal which creeps on plants, some with shells on their backs; the emblem of slowness. I can tell why a snail has a house.—Why?— Why, to put 's head in ; not to give it away to his daughters, and leave his horns without a case. Shakesp. King Lear. Fearful commenting Is leaden servitor to dull delay; Delay leads impotent and snail-pac'd beggary. Shakesp. Richard III. The patch is kind enough, but a huge feeder: Snail slow in profit, but he sleeps by day More than the wild cat. Shakesp. Seeing the snail, which every where doth roain, Carrying his own house still, still is at home, Follow, for he is easy-pac'd, this snail; Be thine own palace, or the world's thy gaol. Donne. There may be as many ranks of beings in the invisible world superior to us, as we ourselves are superior to all the ranks of beings beneath us in this visible world, even though we descend below the snail and the oyster. Watts. 2. A name given to a drone, from the slow motion of a snail. Why prat'st thou to thyself, and answer'st not? Dromio, thou drone, thou snail, thou slug, thou sot Shakesp. SNAIL-cLAv ER, , or Snail-trefoil. n. s. trifolium, Lat.] An herb. Ainsworth.
SNAKE.. n. s. [rnaca, Sax. snake, Dut.] A serpent of the oviparous kind, distinguished from a viper. The snake's bite is harmless. Snake in poetry is a general name for a serpent. Glo'ster's shew beguiles him; As the snake, rolled in a flow'ry bank, With shining checker'd slough, doth sting a child, That for the beauty thinks it excellent. Shak. H. VI. We have scotch'd the snake, not kill'd it : She'll close, and be herself; whilst our poor malice Remains in danger of her former teeth. Shak. Mac. The parts must have their outlines in waves, resembling the gliding of a snake upon the ground: they must be smooth and even. Drud. Dufresnoy. Nor chalk, nor crumbling stones,the food of snakes, That work in hollow earth their winding tracks. Druden. A species of birthworth growing in Virginia and Carolina. [hermodactylus, lat..] A plant. The characters are: it hath a lily shaped flower, of one leaf, shaped exactly like an iris; but has a
tuberose root, divided into two or three dugs, like oblong bulbs. Miller.
SNA'kewood. n.s [from snake and wood.] What we call snakewood is properly the smaller branches of the root of a tall straight tree growing in the island of Timor, and other parts of the East. It has no remarkable smell; but is of an intensely bitter taste. The Indians are of opinion, that it is a certain remedy for the bite of the hooded serpent, and from thence its name of lignum colubrinum, or snakewood. We very seldom use it. Hill's Materia Medica. SNA'KY. adj. [from snake.] 1. Serpentine; belonging to a snake; resembling a snake. Wenomous tongue, tipt with vile adder's sting, Of that self kind with which the furies fell Their snaku heads do comb. Spenser. The crooked arms Meander bow’d with his so snaku flood, Resign'd for conduct the choice youth of all their mortal brood. Chaypun,
To SNAP. v. a. [the same with knap.]
1. To break at once; to break short. If the chain of necessity be no stronger, but that it may be snapped so easily in sunder; if his will was no otherwise determined from without himself, but only by the signification of your desire, and my modest intreaty, then we may conclude, human affairs are not always governed by at solute necessity. Bramhall against Hobbes. Light is broken like a body, as when 'tis snapped in pieces by a tougher body. Digby. Dauntless as death, away he walks; Breaks the doors open, snaps the locks; Searches the parlour, chamber, study, Nor stops till he has culprit's body. Prior 2. To strike with a knacking noise, or sharp sound. The bowzv sire First shook from out his pipe the seeds of fire, Then snapt his box. Dunciad. 3. To bite. A gentleman passing by a coach, one of the horses snapt off the end of his finger. Wisem. Sur. All mungrel curs bawl, snarl, and snap, where the foe flies before them. Estrange. A notion so received, that a lion is duli. to all women who are not virgins, may have given occasion to a foolish report, that my lion's jaws are so contrived as to snap the hands of any of the female sex, who are not thus qualified. Addison's Spectator. He snaps deceitful air with empty jaws, The subtle hare darts swift beneath his paws. Gay. 4. To catch suddenly and unexpectedly. Sir Richard Graham tells the marquis He would snap one of the kids, and make some shift to carry him close to their lodgings. Wottom. Some with a noise and greasy light Are snapt, as men catch larks at night. Butler. You should have thought of this before you was taken; for now you are in no danger to be snapt singing again. L'Estrange. Did I not see you, rascal, did I not, When you lay snug to snap young Damon's goat? Dryden. Belated seem on watch to lie, And snap some cully passing by. Swift. 5. [Snappen, Dut..] To treat with sharp language. Capoch'd your rabbins of the synod, And snapp'd their canons with a why not. Hudibras. A surly ill-bred lord, That chides and snaps her up at every word. Granville. To SNAP. v. n. 1. To break short; to fall asunder; to
break without bending. Note the ship's sicknesses; the mast Shak'd with an ague, and the hold and waist With a salt dropsy clogg'd; and our tacklings Snapping, like to too high stretch'd treble strings. Domne. The backbone is divided into so many vertebres for commodious bending, and not one intire rigid bone, which, being of that length, would have been often in danger of snapping in sunder. Ray on Creation.
If your steel be too hard, that is, too brittle, it it be a spring, it will not bow; but with the least bending it will snap asunder. Moron's Mech. Ezer. The makers of these needles should give then a due temper : for if they are too soft, they will bend; and if they are too brittle, they snap. . Sharp's Surgery. 2. To make an effort to bite with eagerness. If the young dace be a bait for the old pike, I see no reason but I may snap at him. Shak. Henry IV. We suap at the bait without ever dreaming of the hook that goes along with it. L'Estrange. Towzer snaps At people's heels with frothy chaps. Swift. SNAP. m. s. [from the verb.] 1. The act of breaking with a quick motion. 2. A greedy fellow. lse had no sooner said out his say, but up rises a cunning snap, then at the board L'Estrange. 3. A quick eager bite. With their bills, thwarted crosswise at the end, they would cut an apple in two at one snap. Carcw. 4. A catch; a theft. SNAPDRAGON, or Calf's Snout. m. s. [antirrhinum, Lat] 1. A plant. 2. A kind of play, in which brandy is set on fire, and raisins thrown into it, which those who are unused to the sport are afraid to take out; but which may be safely snatched by a quick motion, and put blazing into the mouth, which being closed, the fire is at once extinguished. SNAPPER. m. s. [from snap.] One who snaps. My father named me Autolicus, of letter'd under Mercury; who, as I am, was likewise a snapper up of unconsider'd trifles. Shak. Win. Tale. SNAPPish. adj. [from snap.] 1. Eager to bite. The snappish cur, the passengers annoy, Close at my heel with yelping treble flies. Pope. They lived in the temple; but were such snappish curs, that they frighted away most of the votaries. - - Spectator. 2. Peevish; sharp in reply. SNAPPish LY. adv. [from snappish.] Peevishly; tartly. SNAPPish N Ess. m. s. Peevishness; tartness. SNAPs Ack m. s. [snappsack, Swed.]. A soldier's bag; more usually knapsack. SNARE. m. s. (snare, Swed and Island. smare, Dan. snoor, Dut.] 1. Any thing set to catch an animal; a gin; a net; a noose. O poor hapless nightingale, thought I, How sweet thou sing'st, how near the deadly smare." Milton. 2. Anything by which one is intrapped or intangled. This 1 speak for your own profit, not that Ima cast a snare upon you. 1 Cor. vii.; A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. Prov. xviii. 7. Propound to thyself a constant rule of living, which, though it may not be fit to observe scrupulously, lest it become a snare to thy conscience, or endanger thy health, yet let not thy rule be broken. Taylor's Rule of Living Holy. For thee ordain’d a help, became thy snare. Milt. Beauty, wealth, and wit, And prowess, to the pow'r of love submit; The spreading snare for all mankind is laid, And sovers all betray, or are betray'd. Drydon. To SNARE. v. a. [from the noun..] Tc intrap; to intangle; to catch in a noose.
G'o'ster's shew Beguiles him, as the mournful crocodile With sorrow snares relenting passengers. Shakesp. Henry VI. The wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Psalm ix. Warn all creatures from thee Henceforth, lest that too heav'nly form pretended To hellish falsehood, snare them.
Milton's Paradise Lost To SNARL. v. n. [snarren, Dut.]
1. To growl as an angry animal; to
terms. 'Tis malicious and unmanlv to snarl at the little lapses of a pen, from which Virgil himself stands not exempted. Dryden. The o farner and his wife, Two years declin'd from prime of life, Had struggled with the marriage noose, As almost ev'ry couple does: Sometimes, my plague! sometimes, my darling! Kissing to-day, to-morrow snarling. Prior. Where hast thou been snarling odious truths, and entertaining company with discourse of their ... diseases? Congreve. To SNARL. v a. To intangle; to embarrass. I know not that this sense is
well authorised. Confused snarled consciences render it difficult to pull out thread by thread. Decay of Piety. SNARLER. m. s. [from snarl.] One who snarls; a growling, surly, quarrelsome, insulting fellow. Should stupid libels grieve your mind, You soon a remedy may find; Lie down obscure, like other folks, Below the law of snarlers jokes. SNARY. adj. insidious. Spiders in the vault their snary webs have spread. Dryden. SNAst. m. s. The snuff of a candle. It first burned fair, till some part of the candle was consumed, and the sawdust gathered about the smast ; but then it made the snast big and long, and burn duskishly, and the candle wasted in half the time of the wax pure. Bacon.
To SNATCH. v. a. [snacken, Dut.] 1. To seize any thing hastily.
A virtuous mind should rather wish to depart this world with a kind of treatable dissolution, than to be suddenly cut off in a moment; rather to be taken than snatched away from the face of
Swift. [from snare.] Intangling;
the earth. Hooker.
afraid to be seen. Once the eagle, England, being in prey, To her unguarded nest the weazel Scot Comes sneaking, and so sucks her princely eggs. Shu esp. Sneak not away, sir; for the friar and you Must have a word anon: lay hold on him. Shak. Discover'd, and defeated of your prey, You skulk'd behind the fence, and sneak'd away. Dryden. I ought not to turn my back, and to sneak off in silence, and leave the truth to lie baffled, bleeding, and slain. Watts. - He sneak'd into the grave, A monarch's half, and half a harlot's slave. Dunciad. Are you all ready ? Here's your musick here: Author, sneak off; we'll tickle you, my dear. More. 2. To behave with meanness and servi
lity; to crouch; to truckle. I need salute no great man's threshold, sneak to none of his friends to speak a good word for me
to my conscience. South.
Or darting salmon.
Nothingcan support minds drooping and sneak: 4. To shew awkward mi
* To meet thee landing on the Spartan shore. Dryd. If any thing oppress the head, it hath a power
to free itself by sneezing. Ray on the Creation. * Violent sneezing produceth convulsions in all the * muscles of respiration: so great an alteration can -: * be produced only by the tickling of a feather; and
if the action of sneezing should be continued by some very acrid substance,it will produce headach, universas convulsions, fever, and death. Arbuthnot ...:* - An officer put the sharp end of his half-pike a ... good way up into my nostrils, which tickled my a nose like a straw, and made me sneeze viology, o wift. SNEEze. n. s. [from the verb.] Emis... sion of wind audibly by the nose. o I heard the rack, of As earth and sky would mingle; but These flaws, o mortals fear them, * As dangerous to the pillar'd frame of heav'n, Are to the main as wholesome as a sneeze To man's less universe, and soon are gone.
s Milton's Paradise Regained. o We read in Godignus, that upon a sneeze of the o emperor of Monomotapathere passed acclamations to successively through the city. Brown's Vulg. Err.
with the help of a short stick put in your bait leisurely, and as far as you may conveniently :, if within the sight of it, the eel will bite instantly, and as certainly gorge it: pull him out by degrees. Walton's Angler. To SNIP. v. a. [snippen, Dut.] To cut at once with scissars. The sinus should be laid open, which was snipt up about two inches with a pair of probe-scissars, and the incised lips dressed Wiseman's Surgery. When tradesmen brought extravagant bills, Sir Roger used to bargain, to cut off a quarter of a yard : he wore a pair of scissars for this purpose, and would snip.it off nicely. Arbuthnot. Putting one blade of the scissars up the gut, and the other up the wound, snip the whole length of the fistula. §. SNIP. m. s. [from the verb.]
1. A single cut with scissars. What! this a sleeve 2 Here's snip and snip, and cut, and slish and slash, Like to a censor in a barber's shop. Shakesp. The ulcer would not cure farther than it was laid open; therefore with one snip more I laid it open to the very end. Wiseman's Surgery. 2. A small shred. Those we keep within compass by small snips of emplast, hoping to defend the parts about; but, in spite of all, they will spread farther. Wiseman's Sur. 3. A share; a snack. A low word. He found his friend upon the mending hand, which he was glad to hear, because of the snip that he himself expected upon the dividend. L'Estrange. SN1 pe. n.s.. [sneppe, Germ. rnice, Sax. 3ysnit, Welsh.] 1. A small fen fowl with a long bill. The external evident causes of the at a bilis are a high sermenting diet; as old cheese, birds feeding in fens, as geese, ducks, woodcocks, snipes, and swans. Floyer. 2. A fool; a blockhead. Thus do I ever make my fool my purse; For I mine own gain'd knowledge should profane, If I should time expend with such a snipe, But for my sport and profit. Shakesp. Othello. SNI'PPER. m. s. [from snip.] One that snips. SN1'PPET. m. s.
[from snip.] A small
To SNITE. v. a.
Nor would any one be able to snite his nose, or to sneeze ; in both which the passage of the breath through the mouth, being intercepted by the tongue is forced to go through the nose. Grew's Cosmologia.
He'd more lament when l was dead, Than all the snivellers round my bed. Swift To SNore. v. n. [snorcken, Dut..] To breathe hard through the nose, as men in sleep. I did unreverently blame the gods, Who wake for thee, though thou shore for thyself. Ben Jonson. Whose railing heroes, and whose wounded gods Makes some suspect he snores as well as nods. Roscommon He may lie in his shades, and snore on to doomsday for me; unless I see farther reason of disturbing his repose. o Stillingfleet. Is not wonder Proteus' cave 2 It is, and in it lies the god asleep; And snoring by We may descry The monsters of the deep. den's Albion. The giant, gorg'd with flesh,and wine,and blood, Lay stretch d at length, and snoring in his den, iod. raw gobbets from his maw, o'ercharg'd Withpurplewine and cruddled gore confus'd.Addis. SNore. n. s. [rnona, Sax. from the verb.] Audible respiration of sleepers
through the nose. The surfeited grooms Do mock, their charge with snores: I've drugg'd their possets. Shakesp. Macbeth. SNo'RER. m. s. [from snore.] He that Snores. To SNort. v. n. [snorcken, Dut..] To blow through the nose as a high mettled horse. The snorting of his horses was heard. Jer.viii.16. The fiery war-horse paws the ground, And snorts and trembles at the trumpet’s sound. Addison. From their full racks the gen'rous steeds retire, Dropping ambrosial foams, and snorting fire.
Addison's Ovid. He with wide nostrils, snorting, skims the wave. homson. SNOT. m. s. [nnoce, Sax, snot, Dut.]
The mucus of the nose. Thus, when a greedy sloven once has thrown liis snot into the mess, ’tis all his own. Swift. SNOTTY. adj. [from snot..] Full of Snot.
This squire South my husband took in a dirty
1. The nose of a beast. His nose in the air, his snout in the skies. Tusser. In shape a beagle's whelp throughout, With broader forehead, and a sharper snout. Dryd. 2. The nose of a man, in contempt. Her subtle snout Did quickly wind his meaning out. But when the date of Nock was out, Off dropt the sympathetick snout. What Æthiop lips he has, How foul a snout, and o a hanging face' Dryden's Juvenal. Charm'd with his eyes, and chin, and snout, Her pocket-glass drew slily out; And grew enamour'd with her phiz, As just the counterpart of his. . Swift. 3. The nosel or o of any hollow pipe. SNo'Uted. adj. [from snout..] Having a Snout. Their dogs snouted like foxes, but deprived of that property which the logicians call proprium. quarto modo, for they could not bark. o: Snouted and tailed like a boar, and footed like a goat. Grew. SNOW. m. s. [rnap, Sax. snee, Dut..] The small particles of water frozen before
they unite into drops. Locke.
To SNow. v. n. [rnapan, Sax, sneeuwen,
To SNUB. v. a. [rather To snib. See
1. Snot. In this sense it is not used.
whence moucher la chandelle.
after the flame.
To SNU FF. v. a. [snuffen, Dut.]
2. To scent.
To SNU FF. v. n.
Sir Plume, of amber snuffbox justly vain, And the nice conduct of a clouded cane. Pope. SNu'ffer. n. s. [from snuff.] He that snuffs. SNU'ffers. m. s. [from snuff..] The instrument with which the candle is clipped. When you have snuffed the candle, leave the snuffers open. Swift's Directions to the Butler. To SNU fle. v. n. [snuff len, Dut..] To speak through the nose; to breathe hard through the nose. A water-spaniel came down the river, shewing that he hunted for a duck; and with a smashing grace, disdaining that his smelling force could not as well prevail through the water as through the air, waited with his eye to see whether he could
espy the duck's getting up again. Sidney.
It came to the ape to deliver his opinion, who smelt and snuffled, and considered on't.
L'Estrange. One clad in purple
Eats, and recites some lamentable rhyme,
that speaks through the nose. To SNUG. v. n. [sniger, Dut.] close. There snugging well, he well appear'd content, So to have done amiss, so to be shent. Sidney. As the loving couple lay snugging together, Venus, to try if the cat had changed her manners with her shape, turned a mouse loose into the chamber. 'Estrange. SNUG. adj. [from the verb.] 1. Close; free from any inconvenience, yet not oil. 'hey spied a country farm,
Where all was snug, and clean, and warm ;
Secur'd it both from rain and wind. Prior
3. In such a manner.
Thick as autumnal leaves that strew the brooks In Valombrosa, where th' Etrurian shades High over-arch'd einbow'r, so thick bestrewn, Abject and lost, lay these. Milton.
#. at first sight with what the muse imparts, In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts; So pleas'd at first the tow'ring Alps we try, Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky.
Pope. As into air the purer spirits flow, And sep'rate from their kindred dregs below, So flew her soul to its congenial place. Pope. 2. To such a degree. Why is his chariot so long in coming? Judg. v. 28. Can nothing great, and at the height, Remain so long, but its own weight, Will ruin it? Or is 't blind chance That still desires new states t'advance? Ben Jonson's Catiline. Amoret, my lovely foe, Tell me where thy strength does lie, Where the pow'r that charms us so, ln thy soul, or in thy eye? ! Wuller. I viewed in my mind, so far as I was able, the beginning and progress of a rising world. - Burmet's Theory of the Earth. Since then our Arcite is with honour dead, Why should we mourn that he so soon is freed. Dryden. Upon our first going into a company of strangers, our benevolence or aversion rises towards several particular persons, before we have heard them speak, or so much as know who they are. Addison's Spectator. We think our fathers fools, so wise we're grown: Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so. Pope.
There's no such thing as that we beauty call, It is meer cosenage all; For though some long ago Ják'd certain colours mingled so and so, That doth not tie me now from chusing new. Suck. We may be certain that man is not a creature that hath wings; because this only concerns the manner of his existence; and we, seeing what he is, may certainly know that he is not so or so. Locke. I shall minutely tell him the steps by which I was brought into this way, that he may judge whether I proceeded rationally, if so be anything in my example is worth his notice. ocke. This gentieman is a person of good sense, and knows that he is very much in Sir Roger's esteem, so that he lives in the family rather as a relation than dependent. Addison. 4. It is regularly answered by as or that,
but they are sometimes omitted.
Grew darker at their frown. Milton.
Scotland; so as 'tis a very hard calumny upon our soil to affirm that so excellent a fruit will not grow here. Temple.
5. In the same manner.
Of such examples add me to the roll; Me easily indeed mine may neglect, But God's propos'd deliverance not so. Milton. To keep up the tutor's authority, use him with great respect yourself, and cause all your family to do so too. Locke. According to the multifariousness of this in"...lability, so are the possibilities of being. Norris. 6. Thus; in this manner. Not far from thence the mournful fields appear, & call'd from lovers that inhabit there. Dryden. Does this deserve to be rewarded so? is you come here a stranger or a foe 2 Druden. . It concerns every man, with the greatest seouslyess, to enquire into those matters, whether they be so or not. Tillotson. No nation ever complained they had too broad, to deep, or too many rivers; they understand better than so how to value those inestimable gifts vf nature. Bentley. So when the first bold vessel dar'd the seas, igh on the stern the Thracian rais'd his stron. Whether this be from an habitual motion' of the animal spirits, or from the alteration of the $onstitution by some more unaccountable way,
this is certain, that so it is. Locke.
7. Therefore ; for this reason; in conse
quence of this. The god, though loth, yet was constrain'd t”
one y : For longer o than that no living wight Below the earth might suffer'd be to stay: So back again him brought to living light. Fairy Q. Trafficke, or rove ye, and like theeves oppresse Poor strange adventurers; exposing so Your soules to danger, and your lives to wo; Chapman. If he set industriously and sincerely to perform the commands of Christ, he can have no ground of doubting but it shall prove successful to him; and so all that he hath to do is, to endeavour o rayer, and use of the means, to qualify himself or this blessed condition. Hammond's Fundamentals. It leaves instruction, and so instructors, to the sobriety of the settled articles and rule of the church. Holyday. Some are fall'n, to disobedience fall'ii; And so from heav'n to deepest hell, Milton's Paradise Lost. God makes him in his own image an intellectual creature, and so capable of dominion. Locke.
nion is, that they are not so. Pope. The blest to-day is as completely so, As who began a thousand years ago. Pope.
12. Thus it is; this is the state. How sorrow shakes him So, now the tempest tears him up by th' roots, And on the ground extends the noble ruin. Dryd. 13. At this point; at this time. When With wild wood-leaves and weeds 1 ha' strew’d his grave, And on it said a century of prayers, Such as I can, twice o'er, I'll weep and sigh; And, leaving so his service, follow you. Shakesp. 14. It notes a kind of abrupt beginning; well. O, so, and had you a council Of ladies too? Who was your speaker, Madam? Ben Jonson's Catiline. 15. It sometimes is little more than an expletive, though it implies some latent or surd comparison. In French si. An astringent is not quite so proper, where relaxing the urinary passages is necessary. Arbuth. 16. A word of assumption; thus be it. There is Percy; if your father will do me any honour, so; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself. Shakesp. I will never bear a base mind: if it be my destiny, so ; if it be mot, so. No man is too good to serve his prince. $o. 17. A form of petition. Ready are th' appellant and defendant, The armourer and his man, to enter the lists; So please your highness to heliold the fight. Shak. 18. So much as. However much. This is, I think, an irregular expression. So much as ... you admire the beauty of his verse, his prose is full as good. Pope. 19. So so. An exclamation after something done or known. Corrupted, I
think, from cessez. I would not have thee linger in thy pain:
So so. Shakesp. Othello. So so; it works: now, mistress, sit you fast. Dryden.
20. So so. [cosi, cosi, Ital.] Indifferent
ly; not much amiss nor well. He's not very tall, yet for his years he's tall; His leg is but so so, and yet 'tis well. Shakesp. Deliver us from the nauseous repetition of Å. and So, which some so so writers, I may call them so, are continually sounding in our ears. Felton on the Classicks. 21. So then. Thus then it is that; therefore.