What does snap mean?

Definitions for snapsnæp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word snap.

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"


  1. Snap(n.)

    (Football) The action of snapping the ball back, from the center usu. to the quarterback, which commences the play (down), and, if the clock had stopped, restarts the timer clock; a snap back.

  2. Origin: [Cf. D. snap a snatching. See Snap, v. t.]


  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

  24. Origin: [LG. or D. snappen to snap up, to snatch; akin to G. schnappen, MHG. snaben, Dan. snappe, and to D. snavel beak, bill. Cf. Neb, Snaffle, n.]


  1. Snap

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Snap

    snap, v.t. to break short or at once: to bite, or catch at suddenly: to crack: to interrupt sharply (often with up): to shut with a sharp sound: to take an instantaneous photograph of, esp. with a hand camera.—v.i. to break short: to try to bite: to utter sharp words (with at): to flash:—pr.p. snap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. snapped.—n. act of snapping, or the noise made by it: a small catch or lock: a hasty repast, a snack: a crack, the spring-catch of a bracelet, &c., an earring: a crisp kind of gingerbread nut or cake: crispness, pithiness, epigrammatic point or force: vigour, energy: (slang) a brief theatrical engagement, an easy and profitable place or task: a sharper, a cheat: a riveter's tool, also a glass-moulder's tool: the act of taking a snapshot.—adj. sudden, unpremeditated, without preparation.—ns. Snap′dragon, a plant, so called because the lower lip of the corolla when parted shuts with a snap like a dragon's jaw: a Christmas pastime in which raisins are snatched out of a dish in which brandy is burning, in a room otherwise dark—also the raisins so taken; Snap′per; Snap′per-up (Shak.), one who snaps up; Snap′ping-tur′tle, a large fresh-water tortoise of the United States—from its habit of snapping at things.—adjs. Snap′pish, Snap′py, inclined to snap: eager to bite: sharp in reply.—adv. Snap′pishly, in a snappish manner: peevishly: tartly.—ns. Snap′pishness; Snap′shot, an instantaneous photograph. [Dut. snappen, to snap; Ger. schnappen.]

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.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for snap »

  1. naps, NSPA, pans, SPAN, span

  2. Naps

  3. Pans


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snap in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter Tuz:

    It's primarily a snap-back rally from the very bad day Friday.

  2. Rick Seaney:

    If you find a good airfare, snap it up, you can always find a hotel.

  3. Reid Adler:

    I know it was a very snap decision. Teenagers make snap decisions a lot.

  4. Ilan Berman:

    You want to do snap inspections, not ones where they can move things around.

  5. Tony Hogue:

    She looked drugged and in a fog, and she couldn't snap out of it, she was a mess.

Images & Illustrations of snap

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Translations for snap

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • يفرقع، ينفجرArabic
  • esnapCatalan, Valencian
  • ausrasten, zurückpassen, durchdrehen, schnappenGerman
  • αποπαίρνωGreek
  • trastornar, chasquido, chasquear, increpar, fotografía, enloquecerSpanish
  • neppari, [[napsauttaa]] [[sormiaan]], nappaus, puraista, äyskäistä, tiuskia, rasahtaa, valmisateria, napsahtaa, paukauttaa, napsaus, silmänräpäys, pompata, haukata, napsauttaa, tiuskaista, katketa, napauttaa, napata, räpsiä, pikkuleipä, hetki, romahtaa, äyskiä, poksauttaa, [[antaa]] [[aloitussyöttö]], keksi, napsahdus, vilaus, välähtää, tarttua, [[napsahtaa]] [[poikki]], näpsäys, napsautus, pimahtaa, hermo, [[napsauttaa]] [[kiinni]], papu, näykätä, katkaista, näpsäyttääFinnish
  • claquer, rompre, claquement de doigts, claquer des doigts, casserFrench
  • snapIrish
  • jepretIndonesian
  • agrafoIdo
  • rubamazzetto, schioccare, sbottareItalian
  • ಸ್ನ್ಯಾಪ್Kannada
  • frangereturLatin
  • whati, kē, taukapo, patōMāori
  • snauwenDutch
  • pstrykać palcami, pstryknąć palcamiPolish
  • estalar, estalo, snapPortuguese
  • огрызнуться, сломаться, сломать, щёлкать, рявкнуть, цапнуть, замочек, рявкать, цапать, щёлкнуть, треск, снимок, застёжка, сорваться (с катушек), ломаться, щелчок, огрызаться, ломатьRussian
  • knäpp, knäppa, snäppa, tryckknapp, knäppningSwedish
  • aniTurkish

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