ETYM as. sneara cord, a string.
1. 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.
2. A trap for birds or small mammals; often has a noose; SYN. gin, noose.
3. Strings stretched across the lower head of a snare drum; they make a rattling sound when the drum is hit.
To catch with a snare; to ensnare; to entangle; to catch in a trap.