—n. 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.
—v.i. to move, twist, or wind: The road snakes among the mountains.
—v.t. 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.