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Verb: snap (snapped,snapping)  snap
  1. Break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension
    "The pipe snapped";
    - crack
  2. Separate or cause to separate abruptly
    "The rope snapped";
    - tear, rupture, bust [informal]
  3. Utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
    "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer";
    - snarl
  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 quickly
    "the crocodile snapped at his foot"
  13. [informal] Take a photograph
    "She snapped a picture of the President";
    - photograph, shoot, photo [informal]
Noun: snap  snap
  1. A sudden sharp noise
    "he can hear the snap of a twig";
    - crack, cracking
  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 breaking
  7. 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
  8. [informal] An informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
    "my snaps haven't been developed yet";
    - snapshot, shot
  9. [N. Amer] A fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound
    "children can manage snaps better than buttons";
    - snap fastener [N. Amer], press stud [Brit]
  10. [informal] Any undertaking that is easy to do
    - cinch [informal], breeze [informal], picnic [informal], duck soup [N. Amer, informal], child's play [informal], pushover, walkover, piece of cake [informal], doss [Brit, informal]
  11. 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"
  12. (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
    "the quarterback fumbled the snap";
    - centering [US], centring [Brit, Cdn]
  13. The act of catching an object with the hands
    "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion";
    - catch, grab, snatch
Adjective: snap  snap
  1. Decided or done on the spur of the moment or with little warning
    "there was a snap election"

Derived forms: snapped, snapping, snaps

See also: spur-of-the-moment, sudden

Type of: act, behave, bicky [Brit, informal], bikkie [Brit, informal], bikky [Brit, informal], biscuit [Brit], bite, break, close, clutch, come apart, cookie [N. Amer], cooky [N. Amer, informal], 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 [informal], piccy [informal], 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

Antonym: inelasticity

Encyclopedia: Snap, Inc