- Zap is defined as a way to express a sudden change.
An example of zap used as an interjection is, "Zap! He disappeared before their eyes!"
- Zap is slang for energy.
An example of zap is the ability to run a marathon.
- Zap means to move or hit with a lot of force, or is slang for to use a remote to skip ahead on a show or tape, or is slang for cooking something quickly in the microwave.
- An example of zap is to strike a bug with a swatter.
- An example of zap is to fast forward on a DVD.
- An example of zap is to heat up potatoes in the microwave.
This food is about to be zapped in this microwave oven.
transitive verbzapped, zapping
- to move, strike, stun, smash, kill, defeat, etc. suddenly and with great speed and force
- to use a remote control to avoid (a TV commercial or program segment), as by changing channels or skipping ahead on a tape, disc, etc.
- to cook or heat in a microwave oven
Origin of zapechoic blend ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps z(ip) and (sl)ap, popularized in comic-strip use
- to move, strike, smash, kill, control, as suddenly and with great speed and force
- to use a TV remote control, as to change channels or to skip ahead on a tape, disc, etc.: he zapped through all the stations
verbzapped zapped, zap·ping, zaps
- a. To strike (an object or target) with a beam of energy, an electric current, or supernatural power: In the movie, the alien zaps the scientist with a ray gun.b. To expose to radiation, as to cook or examine: zap food in a microwave; zap luggage with x-rays at a security checkpoint.c. In science fiction and fantasy, to transport (a person or thing) into another place or time instantaneously, as with an energy beam.
- a. To destroy or kill: “when the dinosaurs got zapped by whatever zapped the dinosaurs” (Laura Kasischke).b. To deplete or obliterate: “His personal funds were zapped in the merger” (Patricia Haley).
- To have a sudden and powerful effect on: “His &ellipsis; narrative runs marvelously on and on, zapping the reader with often surprising and &ellipsis; painful glimpses” (Publishers Weekly).
- To move swiftly; zoom: zapped into the kitchen for a snack.
- To use a remote control to turn a television set on or off or to switch channels.
- A burst or beam of energy, electric current, or other power: a zap of 120 volts.
- A sudden and powerful effect: a zap of fear; a zap of insight.
Origin of zapImitative.
(third-person singular simple present zaps, present participle zapping, simple past and past participle zapped)
- To make a zapping sound.
- To use a remote control to repeatedly change channels on a television.
- To strike (something or someone) with electricity or energy, as by shooting.
- They spent the whole movie zapping bad guys into oblivion.
- To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.
- I think they zapped the processor.
- To heat (something) in a microwave oven.
- If it's not warm in the middle, zap it some more.
- To delete or discard (electronic media).
- They zapped a lot of files before realizing they had not backed up lately.
- To further energize or charge (magnetic material).
- They zapped my motor's magnets.
- Representing the sound or action of a zap.
- Then the computer went zap and I lost all my work.