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snap

Noun

1 the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion" [syn: catch, grab, snatch]
2 a spell of cold weather; "a cold snap in the middle of May"
3 tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections [syn: snap bean]
4 a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger [syn: gingersnap, ginger snap, ginger nut]
5 the noise produced by the rapid movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand; "servants appeared at the snap of his fingers"
6 a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig" [syn: crack, cracking]
7 a sudden breaking
8 the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed; "the waistband had lost its snap" [syn: elasticity] [ant: inelasticity]
9 an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera; "my snapshots haven't been developed yet"; "he tried to get unposed shots of his friends" [syn: snapshot, shot]
10 a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound; "children can manage snaps better than buttons" [syn: snap fastener, press stud]
11 any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product will be no picnic" [syn: cinch, breeze, picnic, duck soup, child's play, pushover, walkover, piece of cake]
12 the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand; "he gave his fingers a snap"
13 (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back; "the quarterback fumbled the snap" [syn: centering]

Verb

1 utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; "The sales clerky snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard snarled at us" [syn: snarl]
2 separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper" [syn: tear, rupture, bust]
3 break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; "The rope snapped" [syn: crack]
4 move or strike with a noise; "he clicked on the light"; "his arm was snapped forward" [syn: click]
5 snap close with a sound; "The lock snapped shut"
6 make a sharp sound; "his fingers snapped" [syn: crack]
7 move with a snapping sound; "bullets snapped past us"
8 to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone" [syn: snatch, snatch up]
9 put in play with a snap; "snap a football"
10 cause to make a snapping sound; "snap your fingers" [syn: click, flick]
11 lose control of one's emotions; "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped" [syn: break down, lose it]
12 record on photographic film; "I photographed the scene of the accident"; "She snapped a picture of the President" [syn: photograph, shoot] [also: snapping, snapped]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /snæp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp

Noun

  1. A quick breaking or cracking sound or the action of producing such a sound.
  2. A sudden break.
  3. An attempt to seize, bite, attack, or grab.
  4. The act of hitting a middle or ring finger against the palm after a quick frictive movement between the thumb and that finger.
  5. A fastening device that makes a snapping sound when used.
  6. A photograph (an abbreviation of snapshot)
  7. The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
  8. A thin circular cookie or similar good:
    a ginger snap
  9. Brisk, cold weather that passes quickly.
    a cold snap
  10. Something accomplished with quickly or with little or no effort.
    It'll be a snap to get that finished.
  11. a very short period of time
    I can fix most vacuum cleaners in a snap.
  12. Phaseolus vulgaris; a snap bean.
  13. The passing of a football from the center to a back that begins play, a hike.
  14. Common name for a scrapbooking embellishment, more properly termed a rivet.
  15. Yorkshire: food in general or a packed meal in particular.
  16. A card game, primarily for children (see snap (game))

Translations

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 hitting a middle or ring finger against the palm
A fastening device
A photograph
The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension
A thin circular cookie or similar good
Brisk, cold weather that passes quickly
Something accomplished with quickly or with little or no effort
a very short period of time
Phaseolus vulgaris; a snap bean
The passing of a football from the center to a back that begins play, a hike
Common name for a scrapbooking embellishment, more properly termed a rivet
food in general or a packed meal in particular
A card game

Verb

  1. To break apart suddenly or at once.
  2. To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack.
  3. To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite.
  4. To attempt to seize with eagerness.
  5. To speak abruptly or sharply.
    He snapped at me for the slightest mistake.
  6. To give way abruptly and loudly.
  7. To suffer a mental breakdown, usually while under tension.
    She really should take a break before she snaps.
  8. To flash or appear to flash as with light.
  9. To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound.
  10. To snatch with or like with the teeth.
  11. To pull apart with a snapping sound.
  12. To say abruptly or sharply.
  13. To cause something to emit a snapping sound, such as a fastener.
  14. To close something using a snap as a fastener.
  15. To snap one's fingers. To make a sound using the middle finger and thumb.
  16. To cause to move suddenly and smartly.
  17. To take a photograph; to photograph.
    He snapped a picture of me with my mouth open and my eyes closed.
  18. To pass the ball from the center to a back, to hike the ball.

Translations

To break apart suddenly or at once
To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack
To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite
To attempt to seize with eagerness
To speak abruptly or sharply
To give way abruptly and loudly
To suffer a mental breakdown
To flash or appear to flash as with light
To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound
To snatch with or like with the teeth
To pull apart with a snapping sound
To say abruptly or sharply
To cause something to emit a snapping sound
To close something using a snap as a fastener
To snap one's fingers
To cause to move suddenly and smartly
To take a photograph; to photograph
To pass the ball from the center to a back, to hike the ball

Interjection

snap!
  1. The winning cry at a game of snap.
  2. 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!"
    "I am Kira." "Oh snap!"
  3. In the context of "UK|australia": Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time.
    "Wasn't that John?" "Wasn't that John?" "Snap!"

Synonyms

Translations

Extensive Definition

Snap may refer to any of the following:
Science/Technology/Engineering:
Culture/Sport/Games:
Other:
snap in German: SNAP
snap in French: Snap
snap in Japanese: スナップ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Photostat, Telephoto, Wirephoto, X-ray, Xerox, a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, abrupt, ad-lib, adaptability, aerial photograph, aggressiveness, alertness, animation, articulate, attack, automatic, awaken, bagatelle, bang, bar, bark, bark at, barricade, bash, bat, batten, batten down, bauble, bawl, beak, bean, bellow, belt, bibelot, biff, bit, bite, bitter weather, black-and-white photograph, blare, blat, bleak weather, blubber, bolt, bolus, bonk, boom, bounce, bounciness, bowl, brass farthing, bray, breach, break, break off, break open, break up, breathe, breeze, briskness, brush, buckle, bunt, buoyance, buoyancy, burst, bust, butt, button, button up, buzz, cackle, calotype, candid photograph, capture, capture on film, cast, casual, catapult, catch, caught napping, caught off balance, caught short, cent, champ, chant, chaw, check, cheer up, cheesecake, chew, chip, chirp, choke, choke off, chomp, chronophotograph, chuck, chunk, cinch, clack, clap, clasp, cleat, cleave, click, clip, clobber, close, close up, clout, clump, clutch, cold snap, cold wave, cold weather, coldcock, color, color photograph, color print, come apart, come around, come round, come unstuck, constrict, contain, contemn, contract, coo, cover, crack, cracking, crackle, crackling, crepitate, crepitation, crow, cud, curio, cursory, cut, dab, dart, dash, deal, deal a blow, deck, decrepitate, decrepitation, defy, depth of winter, deride, diapositive, disdain, disintegrate, dismiss, disregard, dovetail, drawl, drive, easy target, easy thing, elan, elasticity, energy, enterprise, exclaim, exfoliate, expeditious, extemporaneous, extemporized, extensibility, fall to pieces, farce, farthing, fasten, fastening, feather, festinate, fetch, fetch a blow, feverish, fig, fillip, film, fire, fissure, fleabite, flexibility, flick, fling, flip, flirt, flout, flush, flute, flying, fold, fold up, folderol, fork, fracture, freeze, freezing weather, fribble, frippery, frost, frown, furious, gasp, gaud, get, get-up-and-go, gewgaw, gimcrack, ginger, give, give away, give way, glare, glower, gnarl, gnash, gob, grab, grasp, graze, growl, grumble, grunt, gut, guts, hair, halfpenny, haphazard, hard winter, hasp, hasty, heave, heliochrome, heliograph, hill of beans, hinge, hiss, hit, hit a clip, hitch, hook, hotness, hurl, hurried, hurtle, ignore, ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-devised, immediate, impromptu, improvised, inadvertent, incautious, indeliberate, initiative, instant, instantaneous, interval, involuntary, jab, jam, jerk, jest, joint, joke, keen, key, kick, kickshaw, knickknack, knickknackery, knock, knock cold, knock down, knock out, lance, lash out at, last-minute, latch, launch, let fly, let have it, lilt, liveliness, lob, lock, lock out, lock up, look daggers, lower, lug, lunge at, lurch, make off with, makeshift, mantle, microfilm, minikin, miter, mock, mockery, molehill, montage, morsel, mortise, mouthful, mug, mug shot, mumble, munch, murmur, mutter, nail, nibble, nip, nippiness, occlude, on the spot, padlock, pan, pant, part, pass, passing, paste, pat, peck, peg, pelt, pep, pepper, peppercorn, pepperiness, period, perk up, photo, photobiography, photochronograph, photograph, photomap, photomicrograph, photomontage, photomural, picayune, pick, picnic, picture, pie, piece of cake, pin, pinch of snuff, pinprick, pinup, pipe, piss and vinegar, pitch, pitchfork, pizzazz, pluck, plumb, plunk, poke, poop, pop, portrait, pounce on, pounce upon, precipitate, prompt, punch, push, pushover, put, put the shot, quick, quid, rabbet, raciness, radiograph, rap, rash, raw weather, rebound, recover, red cent, redden, reflex, reflexive, relish, resilience, resiliency, responsiveness, revive, rivet, roar, roentgenograph, rough-and-ready, row of pins, rumble, rupture, rush, scale, scarf, scorn, scowl, scream, screech, screw, seal, seal off, seal up, secure, seize, separate, serve, setup, sew, shit, shoot, shot, shriek, shut, shut the door, shut up, shy, sibilate, sigh, sinecure, sing, sitting duck, sizzling, skewer, slam, slap-bang, slapdash, slide, sling, slog, slug, smack, smite, snap at, snappiness, snapping, snapshoot, snapshot, snarl, snatch, snatch at, sneeshing, snip, snort, soak, sob, sock, soft, soft touch, sou, sparkle, speedy, spell, spice, spiciness, spit, spitting, split, spontaneous, sprightliness, spring, spring a leak, springiness, spunk, squall, squawk, squeal, squeeze shut, staple, starch, start, stick, still, still photograph, stitch, strangle, straw, stretch, stretchability, stretchiness, strike, strike at, subzero weather, sudden, superficial, surprised, swallow, swat, swift, swipe, tack, take a photograph, take away, taken aback, taken by surprise, taken unawares, talbotype, tang, tanginess, tap, telephotograph, throw, thrust, thump, thunder, thwack, tickle, tilt, tip, toggle, tone, tonicity, tonus, toss, touch, toy, transparency, trifle, trinket, tripped up, triviality, trumpet, tuppence, twang, twitch, two cents, twopence, unadvised, unarranged, unbegun, uncalculated, unconcocted, unconscious, unconsidered, uncontrived, undeliberate, undeliberated, undesigned, undevised, unhatched, unintended, unintentional, unmade, unmanufactured, unmeditated, unorganized, unplanned, unpremeditated, unprepared, unprimed, unready, unstudied, unwilled, urgent, vellicate, velvet, verve, vigor, vim, vitality, wail, wake up, wallop, warble, wave, wedge, whack, wham, whim-wham, whine, whisk, whisper, whop, winter, wintry weather, wintry wind, yank, yap, yawp, yell, yelp, yerk, zero weather, zest, zestfulness, zing, zip, zip up, zipper
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