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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

zap*zæp(v.; n.)zapped, zap•ping

  1. (v.t.)to attack, defeat, destroy, or kill with sudden speed and force.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  2. to bombard with electrical current, radiation, laser beams, gunfire, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  3. to strike or jolt suddenly and forcefully.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  4. to skip over or delete (TV commercials), as by switching channels or fast-forwarding a VCR.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  5. (v.i.)to move quickly, forcefully, or destructively.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  6. (n.)force, energy, or drive; zip.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  7. a jolt or charge, as of electricity.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  8. a forceful and sudden blow, hit, or attack.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

  9. any of a variety of methods of political activism, usu. of a disruptive nature.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

* Informal..

Origin of zap:

1940–45; imit.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. zap(verb)

    a sudden event that imparts energy or excitement, usually with a dramatic impact

    "they gave it another zap of radiation"

  2. zap(verb)

    strike suddenly and with force

    "This show zaps the viewers with some shocking scenes"

  3. zap, vaporize(verb)

    kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting

    "in this computer game, space travellers are vaporized by aliens"

  4. nuke, atomize, atomise, zap(verb)

    strike at with firepower or bombs

    "zap the enemy"

  5. microwave, micro-cook, zap, nuke(verb)

    cook or heat in a microwave oven

    "You can microwave the leftovers"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. zap(verb)æp

    to destroy or make disappear

    You have to zap the little creatures as they cross the screen.


  1. zap(Noun)

    A sound made by a sudden release of electricity or some similar energy.

  2. zap(Noun)

    An electrical shock.

    You might feel a little zap touching a metal doorknob when the air is dry.

  3. zap(Verb)

    To make a zapping sound.

  4. zap(Verb)

    To use a remote control to repeatedly change channels on a television.

  5. zap(Verb)

    To strike (something or someone) with electricity or energy, as by shooting.

    They spent the whole movie zapping bad guys into oblivion.

  6. zap(Verb)

    To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.

    I think they zapped the processor.

  7. zap(Verb)

    To heat (something) in a microwave oven.

    If it's not warm in the middle, zap it some more.

  8. zap(Verb)

    To delete or discard (electronic media).

    They zapped a lot of files before realizing they had not backed up lately.

  9. zap(Verb)

    To further energize or charge (magnetic material).

    They zapped my motor's magnets.

  10. zap(Interjection)

    Representing the sound or action of a zap.

    Then the computer went zap and I lost all my work.

  11. Origin: onomatopoeic


  1. Zap

    Zap is a city in Mercer County, North Dakota in the United States. The population was 237 at the 2010 census. Zap was founded in 1913 along a branch line of the Northern Pacific Railway that began in Mandan. The exact origin of the name is uncertain, though there are numerous unconfirmed explanations.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. zap

    1. n. Spiciness. 2. vt. To make food spicy. 3. vt. To make someone ‘suffer’ by making his food spicy. (Most hackers love spicy food. Hot-and-sour soup is considered wimpy unless it makes you wipe your nose for the rest of the meal.) See zapped. 4. vt. To modify, usually to correct; esp. used when the action is performed with a debugger or binary patching tool. Also implies surgical precision. “Zap the debug level to 6 and run it again.” In the IBM mainframe world, binary patches are applied to programs or to the OS with a program called ‘superzap’, whose file name is ‘IMASPZAP’ (possibly contrived from I M A SuPerZAP). 5. vt. To erase or reset. 6. To fry a chip with static electricity. “Uh oh — I think that lightning strike may have zapped the disk controller.”


  1. ZAP

    ZAP creates and distributes advanced technology vehicles. The company is most well-known as the creator of electric motorcycles, scooters, ATV’s and 3 wheeled automobiles.Assembles a line of product to focus on two primary business: ZAP Electric Vehicles and ZAP Recharge-It-All.

Translations for ZAP

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to kill or destroy, especially in a computer game.

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