verb (used without object), snapped, snapping.
to make a sudden, sharp, distinct sound; crack, as a whip; crackle.
to click, as a mechanism or the jaws or teeth coming together.
to move, strike, shut, catch, etc., with a sharp sound, as a door, lid, or lock.
to break suddenly, especially with a sharp, cracking sound, as something slender and brittle:
The branch snapped.
to act or move with quick or abrupt motions of the body:
to snap to attention.
Photography. to take a photograph, especially without formal posing of the subject.
to make a quick or sudden bite or grab (often followed by at).
to utter a quick, sharp sentence or speech, especially a command, reproof, retort, etc. (often followed by at).
to be radiant; sparkle; flash, as the eyes.
verb (used with object), snapped, snapping.
to seize with or take, buy, or obtain as with a quick bite or grab (followed by up or off):
The bargains were snapped up.
to secure, judge, vote, etc., hastily:
They snapped the bill through Congress.
to cause to make a sudden, sharp sound:
to snap one’s fingers.
to crack (a whip).
to bring, strike, shut, open, operate, etc., with a sharp sound or movement:
to snap a lid down.
to address or interrupt (a person) quickly and sharply.
to say or utter (words, a command, a retort, etc.) in a quick, sharp manner:
to snap complaints.
to break suddenly, especially with a cracking sound:
to snap a stick in half.
Photography. to take a photograph of, especially quickly.
Digital Technology. to use a smartphone or other digital device to scan (a QR code or other source) in order to read the encoded text or URL and to browse the hyperlinked website or Web page.
Building Trades. to transfer (a line) to a surface by means of a chalk line.
Football. to put (the ball) into play by tossing it back to the quarterback or other member of the offensive backfield, especially from between the legs when bent over double and facing the line of scrimmage; center.
Hunting. to fire (a shot) quickly, especially without raising the gun to aim from the eye.
a quick, sudden action or movement, as the flick of a whip or the breaking of a twig.
a short, sharp sound, as that caused by breaking a twig or closing a latch.
a catch or fastener that closes by pressure and clicks together.
Informal. briskness, vigor, or energy:
That song has a lot of snap.
a quick, sharp speech or manner of speaking:
He uttered his commands with a snap.
a quick or sudden bite or grab, as at something:
The fish ate with little snaps.
something obtained by or as by biting or grabbing:
a snap of food.
a brittle cookie.
a short spell or period, as of cold weather:
an unexpected cold snap.
Photography. a snapshot.
Informal. an easy, profitable, or agreeable position, piece of work, or the like:
This job is a snap.
Football. the act or an instance of snapping the ball.
a snap bean.
Informal. a snapdragon.
British. a packed lunch, as that carried by a worker or traveler.
fastening or closing with a click or snap, as a device fitted with a spring catch:
a snap lock.
made, done, taken, etc., suddenly or offhand:
a snap judgment.
easy or simple.
in a brisk, sudden manner.
(an exclamation of surprise, wonder, pleasure, regret, disappointment, etc.):
Oh snap! I forgot we had a test today!
to come to attention:
The troops snapped to when the colonel walked in.
to shape up:
If you don’t snap to and study, you’ll flunk the course.
not give / care a snap of one’s fingers for, to regard with indifference; treat lightly.
Also, not give/care a snap.
snap one’s fingers at. finger (def 23).
snap out of, to free oneself from; recover from:
It took him a long time to snap out of his grief.
snap someone’s head off. snap (def 47).
verb snaps, snapping, snapped
to break or cause to break suddenly, esp with a sharp sound
to make or cause to make a sudden sharp cracking sound
(intransitive) to give way or collapse suddenly, esp from strain
to move, close, etc, or cause to move, close, etc, with a sudden sharp sound
to move or cause to move in a sudden or abrupt way
(intransitive; often foll by at or up) to seize something suddenly or quickly
when intr, often foll by at. to bite at (something) bringing the jaws rapidly together
to speak (words) sharply or abruptly
(intransitive) (of eyes) to flash or sparkle
to take a snapshot of (something)
(intransitive) (hunting) to fire a quick shot without taking deliberate aim
(transitive) (American football) to put (the ball) into play by sending it back from the line of scrimmage to a teammate
(informal) snap one’s fingers at
to dismiss with contempt
(informal) snap out of it, to recover quickly, esp from depression, anger, or illness
the act of breaking suddenly or the sound produced by a sudden breakage
a sudden sharp sound, esp of bursting, popping, or cracking
a catch, clasp, or fastener that operates with a snapping sound
a sudden grab or bite
the sudden release of something such as elastic thread
a brisk movement of the thumb against one or more fingers
a thin crisp biscuit: ginger snaps
(informal) See snapshot
(informal) vigour, liveliness, or energy
(informal) a task or job that is easy or profitable to do
a short spell or period, esp of cold weather
(Brit, dialect) food, esp a packed lunch taken to work
(Brit) a card game in which the word snap is called when two cards of equal value are turned up on the separate piles dealt by each player
(American football) the start of each play when the centre passes the ball back from the line of scrimmage to a teammate
(modifier) done on the spur of the moment, without consideration or warning: a snap decision
(modifier) closed or fastened with a snap
with a snap
(cards) the word called while playing snap
an exclamation used to draw attention to the similarity of two things
See oh snap
A short sharp sound; a click. Used especially of cardiac sounds.
snap out of it
noun 1. click beetle. snapping beetle noun 1. another name for the click beetle
noun 1. any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.
noun 1. either of two large, edible, freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae, of North and Central America, having a large head and powerful hooked jaws, especially the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina. snapping turtle noun 1. any large aggressive North American river turtle of the family Chelydridae, esp Chelydra serpentina (common snapping turtle), having […]
adjective 1. apt to snap or bite, as a dog. 2. disposed to speak or reply in an impatient or irritable manner. 3. impatiently or irritably sharp; curt: a snappish reply.