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Verb: snap (snapped,snapping)  snap
  1. Utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
    "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer";
    - snarl
     
  2. Separate or cause to separate abruptly
    "The rope snapped";
    - tear, rupture, bust
     
  3. Break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension
    "The pipe snapped";
    - crack
     
  4. Move or strike with a noise
    "his arm was snapped forward";
    - click
     
  5. Close with a snapping motion
    "The lock snapped shut"
     
  6. Make a sharp sound
    "his fingers snapped";
    - crack
     
  7. Move with a snapping sound
    "bullets snapped past us"
     
  8. To grasp hastily or eagerly
    "Before I could stop him the dog snapped the ham bone";
    - snatch, snatch up
     
  9. Put in play with a snap
    "snap a football"
     
  10. Cause to make a snapping sound
    "snap your fingers";
    - click, flick
     
  11. Lose control of one's emotions
    "When her baby died, she snapped";
    - break down, lose it
     
  12. Bring the jaws together
    "he snapped indignantly"
     
  13. (photography) take a photograph
    "She snapped a picture of the President";
    - photograph, shoot, photo
Noun: snap  snap
  1. The act of catching an object with the hands
    "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion";
    - 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
    - snap bean
     
  4. A crisp round cookie flavoured with ginger
    - 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
    "he can hear the snap of a twig";
    - 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";
    - elasticity
     
  9. An informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
    "my snaps haven't been developed yet";
    - snapshot, shot
     
  10. A fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound
    "children can manage snaps better than buttons";
    - snap fastener [N. Amer], press stud [Brit]
     
  11. Any undertaking that is easy to do
    - cinch, breeze, picnic, duck soup [N. Amer], child's play, pushover, walkover, piece of cake, doss [Brit]
     
  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";
    - centering [US], centreing [Brit, Cdn], centring [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: snapping, snaps, snapped

See also: snap up

Type of: act, behave, bicky [Brit], bikkie [Brit], bikky [Brit], biscuit [Brit], bite, break, close, clutch, come apart, cookie [N. Amer], cooky [N. Amer], disunite, divide, do, enter, exposure, fall apart, fastener, fastening, fixing, flip, go, green bean, hit, holdfast, labor [US], labour [Brit, Cdn], motility, motion, mouth, move, movement, noise, part, pass, patch, photo, photograph, physical property, pic, picture, piece, prehend [archaic], project, put down, record, seize, seize with teeth, separate, shut, sound, speak, spell, split up, talk, task, toss, touch, touching, undertaking, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, while

Encyclopedia: Snap, Crackle and Pop