snap

verb
\ ˈsnap How to pronounce snap (audio) \
snapped; snapping

Definition of snap

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a sudden closing of the jaws : seize something sharply with the mouth fish snapping at the bait
b : to grasp at something eagerly : make a pounce or snatch snap at any chance
2 : to utter sharp biting words : bark out irritable or peevish retorts
3a : to break suddenly with a sharp sound the twig snapped
b : to give way suddenly under emotional stress or strain He snapped under the pressure of the job.
4a : to make a sharp or crackling sound
b : to use your thumb and fingers to make a short sharp sound People snapped to the beat.
5 : to close or fit in place with an abrupt movement or sharp sound the lock snapped shut
6a : to move briskly or sharply snaps to attention
b : to undergo a sudden and rapid change (as from one condition to another) snap out of it snapped awake
7 : sparkle, flash eyes snapping with fury

transitive verb

1 : to seize with or as if with a snap of the jaws
2 : to take possession or advantage of suddenly or eagerly usually used with up shoppers snapping up bargains
3a : to retort to or interrupt curtly and irritably
b : to utter curtly or abruptly
4 : to break suddenly : break short or in two
5a : to cause to make a snapping sound snap a whip
b : to make a snapping sound by moving (thumb and finger) against one another
c : to put into or remove from a particular position by a sudden movement or with a sharp sound snap the lock shut
6a : to project with a snap snapped a spitball across the classroom
b : to put (a football) in play with a snap
c(1) : to take photographically snapping exclusive news picturesCurrent Biography
(2) : to take a snapshot of snapped the scenery

snap

noun

Definition of snap (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : an abrupt closing (as of the mouth in biting or of scissors in cutting)
2a archaic : a share of profits or booty
b : something that brings quick and easy profit or advantage
c : something that is easy and presents no problems : cinch
3 : a small amount : bit
4a : an act or instance of seizing abruptly : a sudden snatching at something
b : a quick short movement lithe snaps of its body— Barbara Taylor
c : a sudden sharp breaking
5a : a sound made by snapping something shut the book with a snap
b : a brief sharp and usually irritable speech or retort
6 : a sudden spell of weather a cold snap
7 : a catch or fastening that closes or locks with a click the snap of a bracelet
8 : a flat brittle cookie — compare gingersnap
9 : snapshot
10a : the condition of being vigorous in body, mind, or spirit : alertness, energy
b : a pleasing vigorous quality
11 football : the act of a center's putting the ball in play from its position on the ground by quickly passing it between the legs back to a teammate (such as a quarterback) : the act of snapping the ball The quarterback fumbled the snap. [=fumbled the ball when it was snapped to him]

snap

adverb

Definition of snap (Entry 3 of 4)

: with a snap

snap

adjective

Definition of snap (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : done, made, or carried through suddenly or without deliberation a snap judgment
2 : called or taken without prior warning a snap election
3 : fastening with a snap a snap lock
4 : unusually easy or simple a snap course

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Examples of snap in a Sentence

Verb The branch snapped and fell to the ground. The earpiece of his glasses snapped off. She snapped the twig in two. The boy snapped the wing off his toy airplane. The bent tree snapped back into an upright position. I snapped the lid shut. She snapped the pieces together. She snapped her handbag shut. Noun I've trained the dog to come to me with a snap of my fingers. The snap of the bracelet broke. Adjective a snap course that even an idiot could pass
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Stocks rebounded after jobless claims data showed that the labor market continued to recover, helping major indexes snap a three-day losing streak. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 20 May 2021 Bean’s performance helped the Mean Green snap a three-game losing streak and pick up its first road win since knocking off UTSA in its final regular season game in 2018. Brett Vito Staff Writer Bvito@dentonrc.com, Denton Record-Chronicle, 17 Oct. 2020 Maddie Coleman was a two-way star for the Lions (2-2) to help the team snap a two-game losing skid. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, 14 May 2021 Orlando can avoid another season series sweep and snap a four-game losing streak with a win Thursday. Roy Parry, orlandosentinel.com, 12 May 2021 The right-hander pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning for his best outing in nearly a month, which helped Arizona snap a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday night. David Brandt, sun-sentinel.com, 11 May 2021 Luke Weaver pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning for his best outing in nearly a month, which helped the Arizona Diamondbacks snap a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday night. David Brandt, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2021 Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph each returned from a four-game absence Thursday, and led the Pistons in scoring with 18 points each to help them snap a four-game losing streak. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021 Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph scored 18 points apiece to help the Detroit Pistons snap a four-game losing streak with a 111-97 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night. Noah Trister, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Shopping on Amazon’s web pages is easy, checking on delivery is a snap, and canceling an order is done with a smile. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 19 May 2021 What the restaurant industry might not want the world to know is that this open-faced custard pie is a snap to prepare, even for novice bakers. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 3 May 2021 Setup is a snap, thanks to the two-piece plug-and-play system that installs in minutes and provides up to 5,500 square feet of coverage, which is more than enough for most homes. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2021 But on a recent day at a mass Covid-19 vaccination site at the university in Jackson, Mississippi, getting a shot was a snap. Martin Savidge, Angela Barajas And Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 Otherwise, all that betrays her studied cool is the snap of each throw on its return to the pitcher. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021 The only thing left to do after that is to unplug the Bronco's door's wiring harness, which is just a quick and easy snap, and a small plastic door seals the harness left inside the chassis. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 2 Mar. 2021 And a new adjusting method is sleek and simple, so layering under your winter coat is a snap. Outdoor Life, 23 Feb. 2021 Hooper was ranked 11th by PFF last season before having played a snap for the Browns. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Roy Robertson-Harris steamrolled center Corey Linsley on his first-quarter sack (4.9 seconds snap-to-throw). Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, 7 Sep. 2019 Investors look at Snap’s new user numbers as an important metric to gauge the company’s future growth. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 10 Aug. 2017 During the recession and in the years that followed, SNAP expanded to accommodate the increased number of people who needed food assistance. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, 4 May 2017 Snap’s new technology, a 3-D lens, can also change and shift in response to physical objects. Katie Benner, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For the same reason, a formation that includes Chubb, Hunt and Demetric Felton with some pre-snap motion could be interesting. cleveland, 30 May 2021 Depending on your product or service, the choice to purchase isn’t always a snap decision. Nicky Senyard, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Their son, who was inside the house changing his clothes, heard screams and made the snap decision to grab a machete and chase off the attackers, ABC7 News reported. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2021 Of Women and Salt primarily follows the daughter of a Cuban immigrant determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother while making the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE. Rachel King, Fortune, 1 Apr. 2021 Alie-Cox set a career-high in snap count last season, playing 502 snaps on offense (46%). Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 3 May 2021 That would will take some pressure off second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s shoulders and lighten the defense’s snap count by helping the offense hang onto possessions longer. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Apr. 2021 Bratt got the scoring going for New Jersey five minutes into the first period when a snap shot from the right circle deflected in off Elliott's mask and into the upper corner of the net. Kevin Cooney, Star Tribune, 1 May 2021 Can read the action post-snap, showing a quality stack-and-shed technique. USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of snap

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1583, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snap

Verb

Dutch or Low German snappen; akin to Middle High German snappen to snap

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2 Jun 2021

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“Snap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snap. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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snap

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snap

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to break quickly with a short, sharp sound
: to move into a specified position with a short, sharp sound
: to close (something) with a fastener and especially with a snap

snap

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snap (Entry 2 of 3)

: a sudden, short, sharp sound caused by something breaking or moving into a new position
: the act of snapping your fingers or the sound made when you snap your fingers
US : a device that fastens something by closing or locking with a short, sharp sound especially : a set of two metal or plastic pieces that fit tightly together when you press them

snap

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of snap (Entry 3 of 3)

: done or made suddenly or without careful thought

snap

verb
\ ˈsnap How to pronounce snap (audio) \
snapped; snapping

Kids Definition of snap

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to break or break apart suddenly and often with a cracking noise The branch snapped.
2 : to grasp or grasp at something suddenly with the mouth or teeth
3 : to speak or utter sharply or irritably "You keep quiet!" snapped Beezus.— Beverly Cleary, Henry Huggins
4 : to make or cause to make a sharp or crackling sound snap a whip
5 : to close or fit in place with a quick movement The lid snapped shut.
6 : to put into or remove from a position suddenly or with a cracking sound She snapped on the light.
7 : to act or be acted on with energy The soldier snapped to attention.
8 : to grasp at something eagerly I snapped at the chance.
9 : to get, take, or buy at once Customers were hoping to snap up a bargain.
10 : to close by means of snaps or fasteners
11 : to take a snapshot of
12 : to make a short sharp sound by quickly moving the middle finger against the thumb

snap

noun

Kids Definition of snap (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a sudden short sharp sound
2 : an act of moving the middle finger against the thumb to make a short sharp sound
3 : something that is easy and presents no problems That job is a snap.
4 : a sudden change in weather a cold snap
5 : a catch or fastening that closes or locks with a click the snap on a purse
6 : snapshot
7 : a short amount of time … over the hedge he jumped in a snap— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

snap

adjective

Kids Definition of snap (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : made suddenly or without careful thought a snap decision
2 : closing with a click or by means of a device that snaps a snap lock
3 : very easy

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