A quick breaking or cracking sound or the action of producing such a sound.
A sudden break.
An attempt to seize, bite, attack, or grab.
The act of making a snapping sound by pressing the thumb and a opposing finger of the same hand together and suddenly releasing the grip so that the finger hits against the palm.
A fastening device that makes a snapping sound when used.
A photograph (an abbreviation of snapshot)
The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
A thin circular cookie or similar good:
A brief, sudden period of a certain weather;
A very short period of time (figuratively, the time taken to snap one's fingers), or a task that can be accomplished in such a period.
- a ginger snap
- It'll be a snap to get that finished.
A snap bean such as Phaseolus vulgaris .
(American football) The passing of a football from the center to a back that begins play, a hike.
A rivet: a scrapbooking embellishment.
(UK, regional) A small meal, a snack; lunch.
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- I can fix most vacuum cleaners in a snap .
(uncountable) A card game, primarily for children, in which players cry "snap" to claim pairs of matching cards.
(obsolete) A greedy fellow.
- When I went to put my coat on at snap time, what should go runnin' up my arm but a mouse.
That which is, or may be, snapped up; something bitten off, seized, or obtained by a single quick movement; hence, a bite, morsel, or fragment; a scrap.
* Ben Jonson
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briskness; vigour; energy; decision
(slang, archaic) Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained.
A snapper, or snap beetle.
- He's a nimble fellow, / And alike skilled in every liberal science, / As having certain snaps of all.
(transitive) To fracture or break apart suddenly.
- He snapped his stick in anger.
- If you bend it too much, it will snap .
To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack.
- But this weapon will snap short, unfaithful to the hand that employs it.
To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite.
- Blazing firewood snaps .
To attempt to seize with eagerness.
- A dog snaps''' at a passenger. A fish '''snaps at the bait.
To speak abruptly or sharply.
- She snapped at the chance to appear on television.
To give way abruptly and loudly.
To suffer a mental breakdown, usually while under tension.
- He snapped at me for the slightest mistake.
To flash or appear to flash as with light.
To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound.
(intransitive, computing, graphical user interface) To jump to a fixed position relative to another element.
- She should take a break before she snaps .
To snatch with or as if with the teeth.
- The floating toolbar will snap to the edge of the screen when dragged towards it.
To pull apart with a snapping sound; to pop loose.
To say abruptly or sharply.
(dated) To speak to abruptly or sharply; to treat snappishly; usually with up .
- He, by playing too often at the mouth of death, has been snapped by it at last.
To cause something to emit a snapping sound.
- to snap a fastener
To close something using a snap as a fastener.
To snap one's fingers: to make a snapping sound, often by pressing the thumb and an opposing finger of the same hand together and suddenly releasing the grip so that the finger hits against the palm; alternatively, by bringing the index finger quickly down onto the middle finger and thumb.
* Sir Walter Scott
- to snap a whip
To cause to move suddenly and smartly.
To take a photograph; to release a camera's shutter (which may make a snapping sound).
- MacMorian snapped his fingers repeatedly.
(American football) To pass the ball from the center to a back; to hike the ball.
- He snapped a picture of me with my mouth open and my eyes closed.
- He can snap the ball to a back twenty yards behind him.
- The gun snapped .
* snap at someone's heels
* snap it up
* snap one's fingers
* snap someone's head off
* snap up
The winning cry at a game of .
(British) By extension from the card game, "I've got one the same." or similar
(British) Ritual utterance of agreement (after the cry in the card game snap).
(US) Used in place of expletive to express surprise, usually in response to a negative statement or news; often used facetiously.
- Snap! We've both got pink buckets and spades.
(British, Australia, NZ) Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time.
- "I just ran over your phone with my car." "Oh, snap !"
- "Wasn't that John?" "Wasn't that John?" "Snap !"
* (used after simultaneous utterance) jinx