- The definition of a snap is a sudden cracking sound, break, bite, speaking in a short and angry way or any clasp that closes with a click.
- An example of snap is the sound of the cracking a whip.
- An example of snap is the sound of shutting a tightly plastic container.
- An example of snap is the two-part closure on a bathrobe that is frequently used instead of buttons.
- Snap is defined as to bite, speak or close sharply or grasp quickly.
- An example of snap is a snake quickly biting a mouse.
- An example of snap is someone sitting quietly as another person nags them and then suddenly yells back at them.
- An example of snap is breaking off a twig from a bush.
intransitive verbsnapped, snapping
- to bring the jaws together sharply; bite suddenly: often with at: a fish snaps at bait
- to snatch or grasp quickly or eagerly: with at: to snap at a chance
- to speak sharply, abruptly, or irritably: often with at
- to break, part, or be released suddenly, esp. with a sharp, cracking sound
- to give way suddenly under strain, as nerves, resistance, etc.
- to make a sudden, sharp cracking or clicking sound, as a whip
- to close, fasten, go into place, etc. with a snapping sound: the lock snapped shut
- to become closed or fastened by means of a snap ()
- to move or act suddenly and smartly: to snap to attention
- to appear to flash or sparkle, as in anger: said of the eyes
Origin of snap; from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German snappen, akin to German schnappen ; from Germanic base an unverified form snab-
- to grasp or get suddenly with or as with a bite; snatch: often with up
- to break or sever suddenly or with a snapping sound
- to speak or utter sharply or harshly, as in anger: often with out
- to cause to make a snapping sound: to snap one's fingers
- to close, fasten, put into place, etc. with a snapping sound: to snap a lid shut
- to strike sharply by releasing one end of something held under tension: to snap someone with a rubber band
- to cause to move suddenly and smartly: snap the ball to first base
- ☆ to take a snapshot of
- ☆ Football to put (the ball) into play by passing or handing it back between the legs to a member of the offensive backfield: said of the center
- a sudden bite, grasp, snatch, catch, etc.
- a sudden breaking or parting
- a sudden, sharp cracking or clicking sound: the snap of a whip
- a short, angry utterance or manner of speaking
- a brief period or spell of cold weather
- any clasp or fastening that closes with a click or snap
- a hard, thin cookie: gingersnaps
- ☆ snapshot
- ☆ Informal alertness, vigor, or energy
- ☆ Slang an easy task, job, problem, etc.
- Slang a person who is easy to influence, persuade, control, etc.; tractable person
- ☆ Football the act of snapping the ball
Origin of snapMDu snap
- ☆ made or done quickly or on the spur of the moment without deliberation; impulsive: a snap decision
- that fastens with a snap
- ☆ Slang simple; easy: a snap assignment
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snap out of it☆
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verbsnapped snapped, snap·ping, snaps
- To make a brisk sharp cracking sound: “Logs snapped in the grate” (James Fox).
- To break suddenly with a brisk, sharp, cracking sound.
- a. To give way abruptly under pressure or tension: With so many people crowding onto the platform, its supports snapped.b. To suffer a physical or mental breakdown, especially while under stress: feared that the troops would snap from fatigue.
- To bring the jaws briskly together, often with a clicking sound; bite.
- To take up something suddenly and eagerly; snatch or grasp: snap at a chance to go to China.
- To speak abruptly or sharply: snapped at the child.
- To move swiftly and smartly: snap to attention.
- To flash or appear to flash light; sparkle: eyes that snapped with anger.
- To open, close, or fit together with a click: The lock snapped shut. The jacket snaps in front.
- To snatch at with the teeth or mouth; bite: The turtle snapped the lettuce from my hand.
- To pull apart or break with a snapping sound.
- To utter abruptly or sharply: The sergeant snapped out a command.
- a. To cause to emit a snapping sound: snap a whip.b. To close or latch with a snapping sound: snapped the purse shut.
- To cause to move suddenly: “His head was snapped back by a sudden scream from the bed” (James Michener).
- a. To take (a photograph).b. To photograph: snapped the winner on the podium.
- Football To pass (the ball) from the ground back between the legs to begin a down; hike.
- A sudden sharp cracking sound or the action producing such a sound.
- A sudden breaking.
- A clasp, catch, or other fastening device that operates with a snapping sound.
- A sudden attempt to bite, snatch, or grasp.
- a. The sound produced by rapid movement of a finger from the thumb tip to the base of the thumb.b. The act of producing this sound.
- The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
- A thin, crisp, usually circular cookie: a ginger snap.
- a. Capacity to make a snapping sound; elasticity: This waistband has lost its snap.b. Informal Briskness, liveliness, or energy.
- A brief spell of brisk, cold weather.
- Something accomplished without effort. See Synonyms at breeze1.
- a. A snapshot.b. The taking of a snapshot.
- A snap bean.
- Football The passing of the ball from the ground back through the legs to a back to initiate a play. Also called hike.
- Made or done suddenly, with little or no preparation: a snap decision.
- Fastening with a snap: snap pockets.
- Informal Simple; easy: a snap assignment.
Origin of snapProbably from Middle English snappe, a quick bite, probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snappen, to seize, snap.
(countable and uncountable, plural snaps)
- A quick breaking or cracking sound or the action of producing such a sound.
- A sudden break.
- An attempt to seize, bite, attack, or grab.
- The act of making a snapping sound by pressing the thumb and a opposing finger of the same hand together and suddenly releasing the grip so that the finger hits against the palm.
- A fastening device that makes a snapping sound when used.
- A photograph (an abbreviation of snapshot)
- The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
- A thin circular cookie or similar good:
- a ginger snap
- A brief, sudden period of a certain weather; used primarily in the phrase cold snap.
- A very short period of time (figuratively, the time taken to snap one's fingers), or a task that can be accomplished in such a period.
- It'll be a snap to get that finished.
- I can fix most vacuum cleaners in a snap.
- A snap bean such as Phaseolus vulgaris.
- (American football) The passing of a football from the center to a back that begins play, a hike.
- (somewhat colloquial) A rivet: a scrapbooking embellishment.
- (UK, regional) A small meal, a snack; lunch.
- (uncountable) A card game, primarily for children, in which players cry "snap" to claim pairs of matching cards.
- That which is, or may be, snapped up; something bitten off, seized, or obtained by a single quick movement; hence, a bite, morsel, or fragment; a scrap.
- briskness; vigour; energy; decision
- (slang, archaic) Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained. used primarily in the phrase soft snap.
- A snapper, or snap beetle.
(third-person singular simple present snaps, present participle snapping, simple past and past participle snapped; snapt (obsolete))
- (intransitive) To fracture or break apart suddenly.
- He snapped his stick in anger.
- If you bend it too much, it will snap.
- (intransitive) To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack.
- Blazing firewood snaps.
- (intransitive) To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite.
- A dog snaps at a passenger. A fish snaps at the bait.
- (intransitive) To attempt to seize with eagerness.
- She snapped at the chance to appear on television.
- (intransitive) To speak abruptly or sharply.
- He snapped at me for the slightest mistake.
- (intransitive) To give way abruptly and loudly.
- (intransitive) To suffer a mental breakdown, usually while under tension.
- She should take a break before she snaps.
- (intransitive) To flash or appear to flash as with light.
- (intransitive) To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound.
- (intransitive, computing, graphical user interface) To jump to a fixed position relative to another element.
- The floating toolbar will snap to the edge of the screen when dragged towards it.
- To snatch with or as if with the teeth.
- To pull apart with a snapping sound; to pop loose.
- To say abruptly or sharply.
- (dated) To speak to abruptly or sharply; to treat snappishly; usually with up.
- To cause something to emit a snapping sound.
- to snap a fastener
- to snap a whip
- To close something using a snap as a fastener.
- To snap one's fingers: to make a snapping sound, often by pressing the thumb and an opposing finger of the same hand together and suddenly releasing the grip so that the finger hits against the palm; alternatively, by bringing the index finger quickly down onto the middle finger and thumb.
- To cause to move suddenly and smartly.
- To take a photograph; to release a camera's shutter (which may make a snapping sound).
- He snapped a picture of me with my mouth open and my eyes closed.
- (American football) To pass the ball from the center to a back; to hike the ball.
- He can snap the ball to a back twenty yards behind him.
- To misfire.
- The gun snapped.
- The winning cry at a game of snap.
- (UK) By extension from the card game, "I've got one the same." or similar
- Snap! We've both got pink buckets and spades.
- (UK) Ritual utterance of agreement (after the cry in the card game snap).
- (US) Used in place of expletive to express surprise, usually in response to a negative statement or news; often used facetiously.
- "I just ran over your phone with my car." "Oh, snap!"
- (UK, Australia, New Zealand) Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time.
- "Wasn't that John?" "Wasn't that John?" "Snap!"
Compare Dutch snap (“a snatching”).
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