- 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 one's fingers at
snap out of it☆
snap someone's head off
Origin of SNAPs(ystems for) n(uclear) a(uxiliary) p(ower)
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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Websterâ€™s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(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 (â€œa snatchingâ€).
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