Definitions of snail

  1. freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Any one of numerous species of terrestrial air-breathing gastropods belonging to the genus Helix and many allied genera of the family Helicidae. They are abundant in nearly all parts of the world except the arctic regions, and feed almost entirely on vegetation; a land snail. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Any gastropod having a general resemblance to the true snails, including fresh-water and marine species. See Pond snail, under Pond, and Sea snail. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Hence, a drone; a slow-moving person or thing. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. A spiral cam, or a flat piece of metal of spirally curved outline, used for giving motion to, or changing the position of, another part, as the hammer tail of a striking clock. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. A tortoise; in ancient warfare, a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers; a testudo. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. The pod of the sanil clover. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. A slimy, slow-creeping little animal of the shellfish family, having a spiral shell; hence, any slow-moving person. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A slimy creeping mollusc, with or without a shell. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. A shell-bearing mollusk. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A slow moving mollusk with a spiral shell. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A slow or lazy person. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A slimy, slow-creeping, gasteropodous molluse; a drone; a slow-moving person. See Snake. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for snail

  1. Meanwhile, the Parson told Ishmael, in language that made everything seem clean and wonderful, as much as he thought wise of the mysteries which had perplexed him and Jacka's John- Willy over the snail – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  2. Do you mean the snail could take us under the sea all the way back to Puddleby? – The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting