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snap /snæp/USA pronunciation   v.,  snapped, snap•ping, n., adj., adv. 
  1. to (cause to) make a sudden, sharp sound;
    crack: [+ object]to snap one's fingers.[no object]Suddenly a twig snapped.
  2. to click, as a mechanism or the jaws coming together: [no object]The lock snapped loudly as I turned the key.[+ object]She snapped the lock with her key.
  3. to move, strike, etc., with a sharp sound, as a door or lid: [no object]The door snapped shut.[+ object]She snapped the lid shut.
  4. to (cause to) break suddenly, esp. with a cracking sound: [+ object]He snapped a piece of wood in half.[no object]The wood snapped in half.
  5. to give way suddenly, as from mental strain, and become unable to control oneself:[no object]I thought right then he would snap, but he got control of himself.
  6. to move with quick motions of the body:[no object]to snap to attention.
  7. Photography
    • [+ object] to take (snapshots):tourists snapping pictures of the cathedral.
    • to take snapshots of (someone or something): [+ object]The tourists were snapping the cathedral as fast as they could.[no object]The news cameras were snapping wildly.
  8. to speak quickly and sharply: [+ at + object]The captain snapped at the first mate.[used with quotations]"Mind your own business!'' he snapped.[+ out + object]to snap out a complaint.
  9. to seize with or as if with a quick bite or grab: [+ up + object]The first customers snapped up the best bargains.[+ object + up]They snapped the best bargains up.
  10. snap out of, [+ out + of + object] to recover from:Will the economy snap out of the recession?

  1. [countable] a quick, sudden action such as the breaking of a twig, or the sound resulting from such a break.
  2. [countable] a fastener that snaps when it closes.
  3. Informal Termsbriskness, vigor, or energy:[uncountable]Put some snap into your classroom teaching!
  4. a short spell or period, such as of cold weather:[countable]a cold snap.
  5. Informal Termsan easy task, activity, etc.:[countable;  usually singular;
    usually: a + ~]
    For her, fixing slow computers is a snap!

adj. [before a noun]
  1. fastening or closing with a click or snap:a snap lock.
  2. made, done, taken, etc., suddenly or without thinking:a snap judgment.
  3. easy or simple:a snap course.

  1. in a brisk, sudden manner.
  1. Idiomssnap one's fingers at, [+ object] to show one's lack of respect for:That much money is nothing to snap your fingers at, believe me!

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
snap  (snap),USA pronunciation v.,  snapped, snap•ping, n., adj., adv. 
  1. to make a sudden, sharp, distinct sound;
    crack, as a whip;
  2. to click, as a mechanism or the jaws or teeth coming together.
  3. to move, strike, shut, catch, etc., with a sharp sound, as a door, lid, or lock.
  4. to break suddenly, esp. with a sharp, cracking sound, as something slender and brittle:The branch snapped.
  5. to act or move with quick or abrupt motions of the body:to snap to attention.
  6. Photographyto take a photograph, esp. without formal posing of the subject.
  7. to make a quick or sudden bite or grab (often fol. by at).
  8. to utter a quick, sharp sentence or speech, esp. a command, reproof, retort, etc. (often fol. by at).
  9. to be radiant;
    flash, as the eyes.

  1. to seize with or take, buy, or obtain as with a quick bite or grab (fol. by up or off):The bargains were snapped up.
  2. to secure, judge, vote, etc., hastily:They snapped the bill through Congress.
  3. to cause to make a sudden, sharp sound:to snap one's fingers.
  4. to crack (a whip).
  5. to bring, strike, shut, open, operate, etc., with a sharp sound or movement:to snap a lid down.
  6. to address or interrupt (a person) quickly and sharply.
  7. to say or utter (words, a command, a retort, etc.) in a quick, sharp manner:to snap complaints.
  8. to break suddenly, esp. with a cracking sound:to snap a stick in half.
  9. Photographyto take a photograph of, esp. quickly.
  10. Buildingto transfer (a line) to a surface by means of a chalk line.
  11. Sport[Football.]to put (the ball) into play by tossing it back to the quarterback or other member of the offensive backfield, esp. from between the legs when bent over double and facing the line of scrimmage;
  12. Sport[Hunting.]to fire (a shot) quickly, esp. without raising the gun to aim from the eye.
  13. snap one's fingers at. See  finger (def. 16).
  14. snap out of, to free oneself from;
    recover from:It took him a long time to snap out of his grief.
  15. snap someone's head off. See  bite (def. 20).
  16. snap to: 
    • to come to attention:The troops snapped to when the colonel walked in.
    • to shape up:If you don't snap to and study, you'll flunk the course.

  1. a quick, sudden action or movement, as the flick of a whip or the breaking of a twig.
  2. a short, sharp sound, as that caused by breaking a twig or closing a latch.
  3. a catch or fastener that closes by pressure and clicks together.
  4. Informal Termsbriskness, vigor, or energy:That song has a lot of snap.
  5. a quick, sharp speech or manner of speaking:He uttered his commands with a snap.
  6. a quick or sudden bite or grab, as at something:The fish ate with little snaps.
  7. something obtained by or as by biting or grabbing:a snap of food.
  8. a brittle cookie.
  9. a short spell or period, as of cold weather:an unexpected cold snap.
  10. Photographya snapshot.
  11. Informal Termsan easy, profitable, or agreeable position, piece of work, or the like:This job is a snap.
  12. Sport[Football.]the act or an instance of snapping the ball.
  13. Plant Biologya snap bean.
  14. Plant Biology, Informal Terms[Informal.]a snapdragon.
  15. Business[Brit.]a packed lunch, as that carried by a worker or traveler.
  16. not give or  care a snap of one's fingers for, to regard with indifference;
    treat lightly. Also,  not give or  care a snap. 

  1. fastening or closing with a click or snap, as a device fitted with a spring catch:a snap lock.
  2. made, done, taken, etc., suddenly or offhand:a snap judgment.
  3. easy or simple.

  1. in a brisk, sudden manner.
snapless, adj. 
snappa•ble, adj. 
snapping•ly, adv. 
  • Dutch or Low German snappen to bite, seize
  • 1485–95

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

snap /snæp/ vb (snaps, snapping, snapped)
  1. to break or cause to break suddenly, esp with a sharp sound
  2. to make or cause to make a sudden sharp cracking sound
  3. (intransitive) to give way or collapse suddenly, esp from strain
  4. to move, close, etc, or cause to move, close, etc, with a sudden sharp sound
  5. to move or cause to move in a sudden or abrupt way
  6. (intr; often followed by at or up) to seize something suddenly or quickly
  7. when intr, often followed by at: to bite at (something) bringing the jaws rapidly together
  8. to speak (words) sharply or abruptly
  9. to take a snapshot of (something)
  10. (transitive) to put (the ball) into play by sending it back from the line of scrimmage to a teammate
  11. snap one's fingers atinformal to dismiss with contempt
  12. to defy
  13. snap out of itinformal to recover quickly, esp from depression, anger, or illness
  1. the act of breaking suddenly or the sound produced by a sudden breakage
  2. a sudden sharp sound, esp of bursting, popping, or cracking
  3. a catch, clasp, or fastener that operates with a snapping sound
  4. a sudden grab or bite
  5. a thin crisp biscuit: ginger snaps
  6. informal
    See snapshot
  7. informal vigour, liveliness, or energy
  8. informal a task or job that is easy or profitable to do
  9. a short spell or period, esp of cold weather
  10. Brit a card game in which the word snap is called when two cards of equal value are turned up on the separate piles dealt by each player
  11. the start of each play when the centre passes the ball back from the line of scrimmage to a teammate
  12. (modifier) done on the spur of the moment, without consideration or warning: a snap decision
  13. (modifier) closed or fastened with a snap
  1. with a snap
  1. the word called while playing snap
  2. an exclamation used to draw attention to the similarity of two things

See also snap upEtymology: 15th Century: from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snappen to seize; related to Old Norse snapa to snuffle

ˈsnapless adj

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