Definitions for snapsnæp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

snapsnæp(v.; n.; adj.; adv.)snapped, snap•ping

  1. (v.i.)to make a sudden, sharp, distinct sound; crack, as a whip.

  2. to click, as a mechanism or the jaws coming together.

  3. to move, strike, shut, catch, etc., with a sharp sound, as a door or lid.

  4. to break suddenly, esp. with a sharp, cracking sound.

  5. to give way suddenly, as from strain.

  6. to act or move with quick or abrupt motions of the body:

    to snap to attention.

  7. to take snapshots.

    Category: Photography

  8. to make a quick or sudden bite or grab (often fol. by at).

  9. to speak quickly and sharply (often fol. by at).

  10. to sparkle or flash, as the eyes.

  11. (v.t.)to seize or obtain with or as if with a quick bite or grab (often fol. by up):

    The bargains were snapped up.

  12. to secure, judge, vote, etc., hastily:

    They snapped the bill through Congress.

  13. to cause to make a sudden, sharp sound:

    to snap one's fingers.

  14. to strike, shut, open, operate, etc., with a sharp sound or movement:

    to snap a lid down.

  15. to say or utter in a quick, sharp manner (often fol. by out):

    to snap out a complaint.

  16. to break suddenly, esp. with a cracking sound.

  17. to take a snapshot of.

    Category: Photography

  18. Building Trades. to transfer (a line) to a surface by means of a chalk line.

    Category: Building Trades

  19. Football. to put (the ball) into play by handing or tossing it from the line of scrimmage to the quarterback or another member of the offensive backfield.

    Category: Sport

  20. Hunting. to fire (a shot) quickly.

    Category: Sport

  21. snap out of, to recover from.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. (n.)a quick, sudden action or movement, as the breaking of a twig.

  23. a short, sharp sound, as that caused by breaking a twig.

  24. a fastener in two pieces having a projection on one piece that snaps into a hole in the other, used esp. for holding parts of a garment together.

  25. Informal. briskness, vigor, or energy.

    Category: Informal

  26. a quick, sharp speech or manner of speaking.

  27. a quick or sudden bite or grab.

  28. something obtained by or as if by biting or grabbing.

  29. a brittle cookie.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  30. a snapshot.

    Category: Photography

  31. Informal. an easy task, duty, etc.

    Category: Informal

  32. Football. an act or instance of snapping the ball.

    Category: Sport

  33. Category: Botany, Plants

    Ref: snap bean.

  34. (adj.)fastening or closing with a click or snap:

    a snap lock.

  35. made, done, taken, etc., suddenly or offhand:

    a snap judgment.

  36. easy or simple:

    a snap course.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  37. (adv.)in a brisk, sudden manner.

Idioms for snap:

  1. snap one's fingers at,to exhibit disdain for.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of snap:

1485–95; < D or LG snappen to bite, seize

Princeton's WordNet

  1. catch, grab, snatch, snap(noun)

    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"

  2. snap(noun)

    a spell of cold weather

    "a cold snap in the middle of May"

  3. snap bean, snap(noun)

    tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections

  4. gingersnap, ginger snap, snap, ginger nut(noun)

    a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger

  5. snap(noun)

    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. crack, cracking, snap(noun)

    a sudden sharp noise

    "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"

  7. snap(noun)

    a sudden breaking

  8. elasticity, snap(noun)

    the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

    "the waistband had lost its snap"

  9. snapshot, snap, shot(noun)

    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"

  10. snap, snap fastener, press stud(noun)

    a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound

    "children can manage snaps better than buttons"

  11. cinch, breeze, picnic, snap, duck soup, child's play, pushover, walkover, piece of cake(noun)

    any undertaking that is easy to do

    "marketing this product will be no picnic"

  12. snap(noun)

    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. centering, snap(verb)

    (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back

    "the quarterback fumbled the snap"

  14. snap, snarl(verb)

    utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

    "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard snarled at us"

  15. tear, rupture, snap, bust(verb)

    separate or cause to separate abruptly

    "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"

  16. snap, crack(verb)

    break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension

    "The pipe snapped"

  17. snap, click(verb)

    move or strike with a noise

    "he clicked on the light"; "his arm was snapped forward"

  18. snap(verb)

    close with a snapping motion

    "The lock snapped shut"

  19. snap, crack(verb)

    make a sharp sound

    "his fingers snapped"

  20. snap(verb)

    move with a snapping sound

    "bullets snapped past us"

  21. snatch, snatch up, snap(verb)

    to grasp hastily or eagerly

    "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"

  22. snap(verb)

    put in play with a snap

    "snap a football"

  23. snap, click, flick(verb)

    cause to make a snapping sound

    "snap your fingers"

  24. break down, lose it, snap(verb)

    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"

  25. snap(verb)

    bring the jaws together

    "he snapped indignantly"

  26. photograph, snap, shoot(verb)

    record on photographic film

    "I photographed the scene of the accident"; "She snapped a picture of the President"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. snap(verb)æp

    to break with a loud, quick, dry sound

    I snapped the pencil in half.; The branch snapped, and she fell to the ground.

  2. snapæp

    to move with a loud, quick noise into a particular position

    He snapped open the lid.; The window snapped shut.

  3. snapæp

    to suddenly speak to sb in an angry, impatient way

    "Leave me alone," she snapped.; Why are you snapping at everyone?

  4. snapæp

    to suddenly lose control of your emotions

    She finally snapped and started sobbing.

  5. snapæp

    (of an animal) to try to bite

    a little dog that was barking and snapping

  6. snapæp

    to make a loud noise by moving your middle finger and thumb against each other

    She snaps her fingers and the dog lies down.

  7. snapæp

    to stop yourself from being unhappy or upset

    You have to snap out of it - you can't sit around all day.

  8. snapæp

    a short period of cold weather

    frost damage to plants during the cold snap

  9. snapæp


    holiday snaps

  10. snap(adjective)æp

    done very quickly

    a snap decision


  1. snap(Noun)

    A quick breaking or cracking sound or the action of producing such a sound.

  2. snap(Noun)

    A sudden break.

  3. snap(Noun)

    An attempt to seize, bite, attack, or grab.

  4. snap(Noun)

    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.

  5. snap(Noun)

    A fastening device that makes a snapping sound when used.

  6. snap(Noun)

    A photograph (an abbreviation of snapshot)

  7. snap(Noun)

    The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.

  8. snap(Noun)

    A thin circular cookie or similar good:

    a ginger snap

  9. snap(Noun)

    A brief, sudden period of a certain weather;

  10. snap(Verb)

    To fracture or break apart suddenly.

  11. snap(Verb)

    To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack.

  12. snap(Verb)

    To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite.

  13. snap(Verb)

    To attempt to seize with eagerness.

  14. snap(Verb)

    To speak abruptly or sharply.

    He snapped at me for the slightest mistake.

  15. snap(Verb)

    To give way abruptly and loudly.

  16. snap(Verb)

    To suffer a mental breakdown, usually while under tension.

    She should take a break before she snaps.

  17. snap(Verb)

    To flash or appear to flash as with light.

  18. snap(Verb)

    To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound.

  19. snap(Noun)

    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.

  20. snap(Noun)

    A snap bean such as Phaseolus vulgaris.

  21. snap(Noun)

    The passing of a football from the center to a back that begins play, a hike.

  22. snap(Noun)

    A rivet: a scrapbooking embellishment.

  23. snap(Noun)

    A small meal, a snack.

  24. snap(Noun)

    A card game, primarily for children, in which players cry "snap" to claim pairs of matching cards.

  25. snap(Noun)


  26. snap(Verb)

    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.

  27. snap(Verb)

    To snatch with or as if with the teeth.

  28. snap(Verb)

    To pull apart with a snapping sound; to pop loose.

  29. snap(Verb)

    To say abruptly or sharply.

  30. snap(Verb)

    To cause something to emit a snapping sound, such as a fastener.

  31. snap(Verb)

    To close something using a snap as a fastener.

  32. snap(Verb)

    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, thereby creating the same sound.

  33. snap(Verb)

    To cause to move suddenly and smartly.

  34. snap(Verb)

    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.

  35. snap(Verb)

    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.

  36. snap(Interjection)

    The winning cry at a game of snap.

  37. snap(Interjection)

    By extension from the card game, "I've got one the same." or similar

    Snap! We've both got pink buckets and spades.

  38. snap(Interjection)

    Ritual utterance of agreement (after the cry in the card game snap).

  39. snap(Interjection)

    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!"

  40. snap(Interjection)

    Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time.

    "Wasn't that John?" "Wasn't that John?" "Snap!"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snap(noun)

    to break at once; to break short, as substances that are brittle

  2. Snap(noun)

    to strike, to hit, or to shut, with a sharp sound

  3. Snap(noun)

    to bite or seize suddenly, especially with the teeth

  4. Snap(noun)

    to break upon suddenly with sharp, angry words; to treat snappishly; -- usually with up

  5. Snap(noun)

    to crack; to cause to make a sharp, cracking noise; as, to snap a whip

  6. Snap(noun)

    to project with a snap

  7. Snap(verb)

    to break short, or at once; to part asunder suddenly; as, a mast snaps; a needle snaps

  8. Snap(verb)

    to give forth, or produce, a sharp, cracking noise; to crack; as, blazing firewood snaps

  9. Snap(verb)

    to make an effort to bite; to aim to seize with the teeth; to catch eagerly (at anything); -- often with at; as, a dog snapsat a passenger; a fish snaps at the bait

  10. Snap(verb)

    to utter sharp, harsh, angry words; -- often with at; as, to snap at a child

  11. Snap(verb)

    to miss fire; as, the gun snapped

  12. Snap(verb)

    a sudden breaking or rupture of any substance

  13. Snap(verb)

    a sudden, eager bite; a sudden seizing, or effort to seize, as with the teeth

  14. Snap(verb)

    a sudden, sharp motion or blow, as with the finger sprung from the thumb, or the thumb from the finger

  15. Snap(verb)

    a sharp, abrupt sound, as that made by the crack of a whip; as, the snap of the trigger of a gun

  16. Snap(verb)

    a greedy fellow

  17. Snap(verb)

    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

  18. Snap(verb)

    a sudden severe interval or spell; -- applied to the weather; as, a cold snap

  19. Snap(verb)

    a small catch or fastening held or closed by means of a spring, or one which closes with a snapping sound, as the catch of a bracelet, necklace, clasp of a book, etc

  20. Snap(verb)

    a snap beetle

  21. Snap(verb)

    a thin, crisp cake, usually small, and flavored with ginger; -- used chiefly in the plural

  22. Snap(verb)

    briskness; vigor; energy; decision

  23. Snap(verb)

    any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained


  1. Snap

    A snap is the backwards passing of the ball in American and Canadian football at the start of play from scrimmage.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. snap

    To replace a pointer to a pointer with a direct pointer; to replace an old address with the forwarding address found there. If you telephone the main number for an institution and ask for a particular person by name, the operator may tell you that person's extension before connecting you, in the hopes that you will snap your pointer and dial direct next time. The underlying metaphor may be that of a rubber band stretched through a number of intermediate points; if you remove all the thumbtacks in the middle, it snaps into a straight line from first to last. See chase pointers.Often, the behavior of a trampoline is to perform an error check once and then snap the pointer that invoked it so as henceforth to bypass the trampoline (and its one-shot error check). In this context one also speaks of snapping links. For example, in a LISP implementation, a function interface trampoline might check to make sure that the caller is passing the correct number of arguments; if it is, and if the caller and the callee are both compiled, then snapping the link allows that particular path to use a direct procedure-call instruction with no further overhead.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. SNAP

    A brisk, energetic quality that enables a man with ginger to take the cake.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'snap' in Verbs Frequency: #593

Anagrams of snap

  1. naps, NSPA, pans, SPAN, span

  2. Naps

  3. Pans

Translations for snap

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the noise of) an act of snapping

There was a loud snap as his pencil broke.

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