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snell

 (snĕl)
n.
1. A length of fine fishing line that connects a hook to a heavier line; a leader.
2. The knot used to affix such a length of line to a hook.
tr.v. snelled, snell·ing, snells
To affix a snell to (a hook).

[Origin unknown.]

snell

(snɛl)
adj
Scot biting; bitter; sharp
[Old English snel quick, active]

Snell

(snɛl)
n
(Biography) Sir Peter (George). born 1938, New Zealand athlete; winner of three Olympic gold medals: for the 800 metres in 1960, and again in 1964, when he also won gold for the 1500 metres

snell

(snɛl)

n.
a short piece of nylon, gut, or the like, by which a fishhook is attached to a line.
[1840–50, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
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Then Higg, son of Snell,'' said the Grand Master, ``I tell thee it is better to be bedridden, than to accept the benefit of unbelievers' medicine that thou mayest arise and walk; better to despoil infidels of their treasure by the strong hand, than to accept of them benevolent gifts, or do them service for wages.
Higg, the son of Snell, withdrew into the crowd, but, interested in the fate of his benefactress, lingered until he should learn her doom, even at the risk of again encountering the frown of that severe judge, the terror of which withered his very heart within him.
Snell, the landlord, a man of a neutral disposition, accustomed to stand aloof from human differences as those of beings who were all alike in need of liquor, broke silence, by saying in a doubtful tone to his cousin the butcher--