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

The martial artists steadied their bodies on the mat, at times moving in sync, snapping their hips and torquing their ligaments to generate force with every blow. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Parkinson's patients enlist in karate classes to fight disease," 14 June 2019 For snapping at your kids, and then your partner, the previous evening. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "A psychotherapist explains how to deal with the symptoms of burnout," 14 June 2019 Frame the island’s tropical landscapes, snap action shots of surfers, and capture starry skies with time-lapse techniques—telling the story of your expedition through photographs. National Geographic, "Hawai'i Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The win snapped a five-game winless streak in league competition and was the team’s first since defeating Tacoma Defiance on April 26. Terrence Thomas, ExpressNews.com, "A night of salutes and a comeback," 9 June 2019 The double drum and percussion set-up, with founder Chris Tomson and new touring addition Garrett Ray, let the songs snap and pop with heart-seizing force. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Vampire Weekend reach a new peak at astounding 'Father of the Bride' tour stop in Milwaukee," 9 June 2019 Portugal rode a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo, with his two late strikes snapping a deadlock and sending the Euro 2016 champions through. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "LIVE: Portugal, Netherlands Duel for First UEFA Nations League Title," 9 June 2019 Just about every year under Cutcliffe, Duke has snapped a losing streak against a strong opponent and earned another quality win. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 78 Duke features stability, but may struggle to win Coastal," 8 June 2019 Teenagers snapped pictures and asked to shake their hands. Christina Ruffini, CBS News, "The last of the best: A reporter reflects on the D-Day anniversary," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the snap, the dad-to-be held up an ultrasound photo and, adorably, Caiden had his sweater pulled up and gazed down at his own belly. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Ryan Lochte and Wife Kayla Rae Reid Welcome Daughter Liv Rae: 'She Is Perfect'," 17 June 2019 When in high school in Petal, Mississippi, the pair combined for 52 touchdowns as a quarterback-receiver duo with Nataurean taking snaps and Natorian catching passes. Christopher Dabe, nola.com, "Same name, different spelling: Twin brothers from Mississippi make Tulane football commitments," 7 June 2019 Their life, their combat experience, came and went in the snap of a finger. Tyra Mcclung, courant.com, "Wethersfield High School students honor veterans during ceremony marking 75th anniversary of D-Day," 6 June 2019 Jordan Mills later took some snaps at right tackle Tuesday and didn’t fare well against Nate Orchard. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Here’s where Dolphins’ quarterback battle stands with two days left in offseason program," 4 June 2019 Even Schwanna Johnson was somewhat surprised her youngest son decided to end the recruiting process before even taking a snap as a junior. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Quarterback’s eyes always were upon Texas," 4 June 2019 Their most critical player in the low-scoring title game was about to take the snap. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Patriots’ Unlikely Super Bowl Hero: The Punter," 4 Feb. 2019 Kalil didn’t play a single snap for the Panthers in 2018, prompting Hurney to designate him as a post-June 1 cut in March. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Addition of McCoy makes Panthers a true contender, arriving at the perfect time," 3 June 2019 With a great snap, the rope spring uncoiled, releasing its deadly energy. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Investors look at Snap’s new user numbers as an important metric to gauge the company’s future growth. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Makes A Case For Slow User Growth," 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, "Fewer people going hungry in Cook County, but many still need help," 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, "To Stay Ahead of Facebook, Snap Rolls Out 3-D Features for Messaging," 18 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But talking to Wynn candidly opened a window on what that’s actually like for a trans woman coming out today, before the snap judgment of thousands of strangers in the putrefying swamps of Twitter and Reddit. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 With the new League-5 Star government, investors may be relieved that Italy won’t face a snap election just months after a parliamentary vote in March. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italian Political Parties 5 Star and League Strike Deal on Coalition Government," 31 May 2018 In order to provoke a snap vote, the chancellor could call a vote of confidence in parliament and engineer its failure. Bertrand Benoit, WSJ, "Germany Faces Unprecedented Path in Fight Over Migration Deal," 2 July 2018 The outcome of the snap vote agreement hinges on the Slovak National Party, whose Chairman Andrej Danko said on Monday the party was ready for early elections if needed. Radoslav Tomek, Bloomberg.com, "Slovaks Tilt Toward Snap Vote as Ruling Party Sets Ultimatum," 12 Mar. 2018 From graduations, weddings and family vacations to those long, lazy days sleeping in late and running through sprinklers— ’tis the season to get super snap-happy! Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Easy ways to share and organize digital photos," 5 June 2018 Whatever happens, Shuri will play a major role regardless as one of the few heroes left after Thanos's snap decision. David Betancourt, chicagotribune.com, "What's next for the Black Panther after 'Avengers: Infinity War'?," 1 May 2018 Plus, the papers come in a roll that's secured in the little snap tube, so it can get beat up in your bag without ruining the product. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "In Defense of "Festival Beauty," Even for People Who Hate Music Festivals," 25 Apr. 2018 Turkey's weak opposition is scrambling to mount a meaningful challenge against strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with just nine weeks to prepare for snap elections. Suzan Fraser, Fox News, "Turkey's weak opposition scrambles to challenge Erdogan," 19 Apr. 2018

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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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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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