zap


1zap

interjection \ˈzap\

Definition of ZAP

1
—used to express a sound made by or as if by a gun
2
—used to indicate a sudden or instantaneous occurrence

Origin of ZAP

imitative
First Known Use: 1929

Rhymes with ZAP

2zap

verb

: to attack, destroy, or kill (someone or something) quickly

: to hit (someone or something) with electricity

: to shoot (someone or something) with an electric gun, laser, etc.

zappedzap·ping

Full Definition of ZAP

transitive verb
1
a :  to get rid of, destroy, or kill especially with or as if with sudden force
b :  to hit with or as if with a sudden concentrated application of force or energy
c :  to irradiate especially with microwaves
2
a :  to propel suddenly or speedily
b :  to transport instantaneously
3
:  to avoid watching (as a television commercial) by changing channels especially with a remote control or by fast-forwarding a videotape
intransitive verb
1
:  to move with speed or force
2
:  to change television channels using a remote control

Examples of ZAP

  1. The flowers were zapped by the cold weather.
  2. The aliens in the movie zapped people from spaceships.
  3. She reheated her muffin by zapping it in the microwave for a few seconds.
  4. I zapped through the channels for a while before falling asleep.
  5. We tape the show so we can zap through the commercials.

First Known Use of ZAP

1942

3zap

noun

Definition of ZAP

:  a pungent or zestful quality :  zip; also :  a sudden forceful blow

First Known Use of ZAP

1963

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