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zap

interjection \ ˈzap \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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 and Etymology of zap

imitative


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zap

verb

Definition of zap

zapped; zapping
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 (something, such 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 in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of zap

1942


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zap

noun

Definition of zap

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

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First Known Use of zap

1963


ZAP Defined for English Language Learners

zap

verb

Definition of zap for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


ZAP Defined for Kids

zap

verb \ ˈzap \

Definition of zap for Students

zapped; zapping
: to hit with or as if with a jolt of electricity
  • Lightning zapped the tree.


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