- 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.
- 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: 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: MDu 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
Origin: s(ystems for) n(uclear) a(uxiliary) p(ower)
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verb snapped snapped, snap·ping, snaps verb, intransitive
- 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 snatch or grasp suddenly and with eagerness: 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. See Synonyms at jerk1.
- 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 or as if with the teeth; bite.
- 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 abruptly and smartly: “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 center (a football); 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 a football from the center to a back that initiates each 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: Probably from Middle English snappe, a quick bite, probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snappen, to seize, snap.
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snap - Phrases/Idioms
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