A snare is a trap, usually for small animals, and using a noose. Snare can also mean to trap in general or any type of trap, like the snare of a TV cliffhanger that traps you into watching again.

If writers are to be believed, we are surrounded by snares. Francis Beaumont implores us to know that “the world’s a snare.” And Hilda Doolittle asserts that “a snare is Love.” Still Soren Kierkegaard lets us know that “the truth is a snare: you cannot have it, without being caught.” Whoever is right, it seems that you can’t escape. A snare is also a type of small drum that rattles, as well as a wire loop used by surgeons.

Definitions of snare
  1. noun
    a trap for birds or small mammals; often has a slip noose
    synonyms: gin, noose
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    type of:
    a device in which something (usually an animal) can be caught and penned
  2. noun
    something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
    “it was all a snare and delusion”
    synonyms: trap
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    iron trap
    a trap from which there is no escape
    speed trap
    a trap arranged on a roadway for catching speeders
    type of:
    design, plan
    an arrangement scheme
  3. noun
    a surgical instrument consisting of wire hoop that can be drawn tight around the base of polyps or small tumors to sever them; used especially in body cavities
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    surgical instrument
    a medical instrument used in surgery
  4. verb
    catch in or as if in a trap
    synonyms: ensnare, entrap, trammel, trap
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    trap with a snare
    type of:
    capture, catch
    capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  5. verb
    entice and trap
    “The car salesman had snared three potential customers”
    synonyms: hook
    accost, hook, solicit
    approach with an offer of sexual favors
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    type of:
    entice, lure, tempt
    provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
  6. noun
    a small drum with two heads and a snare stretched across the lower head
    synonyms: side drum, snare drum
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    type of:
    drum, membranophone, tympan
    a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
  7. noun
    strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit
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    a tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed
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