Definitions of snail

  1. edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic
  2. gather snails; " We went snailing in the summer"
  3. freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell
  4. 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.
  5. Any gastropod having a general resemblance to the true snails, including fresh- water and marine species. See Pond snail, under Pond, and Sea snail.
  6. Hence, a drone; a slow- moving person or thing.
  7. 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.
  8. A tortoise; in ancient warfare, a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers; a testudo.
  9. The pod of the sanil clover.
  10. Marine, freshwater, or terrestrial mollusks of the class Gastropoda. Most have an enclosing spiral shell, and several genera harbor parasites pathogenic to man.
  11. A slimy, slow- creeping little animal of the shellfish family, having a spiral shell; hence, any slow- moving person.
  12. A slimy creeping mollusc, with or without a shell.
  13. A shell- bearing mollusk.
  14. A slow moving mollusk with a spiral shell.
  15. A slow or lazy person.
  16. A slimy, slow- creeping, gasteropodous molluse; a drone; a slow- moving person. See Snake.
  17. A small, slimy, slow- creeping creature, some species of which have shells; a drone; a slow- moving person.

Usage examples for snail

  1. 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
  2. She tottered, but in spite of her snail- like progress, it was evident that she hurried. – Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gillmore
  3. A snail or a turtle would have beaten in a race with the train. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  4. " All we could get was a hansom drawn by a snail. – Alias The Lone Wolf by Louis Joseph Vance
  5. But despite frost, and snail, and fly, and drought, and flood, the joy in a garden must always enormously exceed the pain. – Doctor Cupid by Rhoda Broughton
  6. I wonder why a snail should be a stargoli. – The English Gipsies and Their Language by Charles G. Leland
  7. In the late afternoon I would be back in the road or footpath, satisfied to go slow, then slower still, until- the snail in woman shape would be obliged to slacken her pace to keep me company, and even to stand still at intervals to give me needful rest. – Afoot in England by W.H. Hudson
  8. His regular prey is the Snail. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre
  9. The shadows begin to grow shorter and to draw in on themselves, like the horns of a snail. – The Cook's Wedding and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  10. 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
  11. " No," returned Jeanne, a bit sheepishly, " just my pet snail." –  by
  12. Count Saxe responded that he was not a snail, and required a lodging somewhat larger than himself. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  13. Hand in hand you see us well, Creep like a snail into his shell, Ever nearer, ever nearer, Ever closer, ever closer. – Entertainments for Home, Church and School by Frederica Seeger
  14. They went at a labored and snail- like pace, Sanders walking on one side of the horse, supporting the swooning figure it bore, while Turner Stacy trudged at the other saddle skirt. – When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry by Charles Neville Buck
  15. The Snail sat there, and wondered and wondered that they did not come. – Among the Meadow People by Clara Dillingham Pierson
  16. The soldier could not have walked off with it as a snail does its shell on its back. – The Three Lieutenants by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. There was the Snail, drawn up, high and dry, on to the grass, and there was the man, sitting by her on a stone, solemnly cutting up enough tobacco for a pipe. – Jim Davis by John Masefield
  18. One had a right to expect justice when one's own family and best friends were in the council; but that the snail should have got the second prize I consider as almost an insult to me. – The Sand-Hills of Jutland by Hans Christian Andersen
  19. I shrank as a snail when you touch its horns. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle