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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zapverb

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

    "they gave it another zap of radiation"

  2. zapverb

    strike suddenly and with force

    "This show zaps the viewers with some shocking scenes"

  3. zap, vaporizeverb

    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, zapverb

    strike at with firepower or bombs

    "zap the enemy"

  5. microwave, micro-cook, zap, nukeverb

    cook or heat in a microwave oven

    "You can microwave the leftovers"


  1. zapverb

    to shoot, destroy, or inactivate; my TV set was zapped by lightning.

  2. zapverb

    to subject to radiation, a laser beam, a strong electric current, or other potentially destructive treatment.

  3. zapverb

    to skip over (e. g. a commercial or dull interval in a television program) by using the fast-forward button on a VCR remove control.


  1. zapnoun

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

  2. zapnoun

    An electrical shock.

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

  3. zapverb

    To make a zapping sound.

  4. zapverb

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

  5. zapverb

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

    They spent the whole movie zapping bad guys into oblivion.

  6. zapverb

    To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.

    I think they zapped the processor.

  7. zapverb

    To heat (something) in a microwave oven.

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

  8. zapverb

    To delete or discard (electronic media).

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

  9. zapverb

    To further energize or charge (magnetic material).

    They zapped my motor's magnets.

  10. zapinterjection

    Representing the sound or action of a zap.

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

  11. Etymology: 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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zap in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of zap in a Sentence

  1. Boris Johnson:

    Andrea Leadsom offers the zap, the drive, and the determination essential for the next leader of this country, she has specialized in the EU question ... and will be therefore well-placed to help forge a great post-Brexit future for Britain and Europe.

  2. Ramon Llamas:

    Look for a number of health solutions, especially those that claim that they can tell you if you are showing signs of possible infection -- raised body temp, elevated heart rate and respiration -- or if you are socially distanced enough, or look at different disinfection solutions for the home, similar to the ones that claim they can zap unwanted or dangerous microbes on your phone.

  3. Megan Gillette:

    If you ever got a quick zap on an electrical device at home... it kinda felt like that only intensified a whole lot.

  4. Jay Pasachoff:

    Every eclipse is different because the Sun goes through an 11 year sunspot cycle and there are big eruptions that come out of the sun – some of which hit the earth and can zap billion dollar satellites, we want to know about these eruptions and how fast they go and how to predict them.

  5. Johnny Wowk:

    Microwave Oven - When you zap, your food turns to crap. -Johnny The Walker

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