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Definitions of snap

  1. any undertaking that is easy to do; " marketing this product will be no picnic"
  2. separate or cause to separate abruptly; " The rope snapped"; " tear the paper"
  3. ( football) putting the ball in play by passing it ( between the legs) to a back
  4. record on photographic film" I photographed the scene of the accident"
  5. an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand- held camera; " my snapshots haven't been developed yet"; " he tried to get unposed shots of his friends"
  6. as of tightly stretched ropes or fingers
  7. break suddenly and abruptly; as of something under tension; " The rope snapped"
  8. snap close with a sound; " The lock snapped shut"
  9. utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; `" No!," she snapped'; " The guard snarled at us"
  10. put in play with a snap, of a football
  11. move with a snapping sound; " bullets snapped past us"
  12. tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections
  13. to grasp hastily or eagerly; " Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"
  14. ( American football) putting the ball in play by passing it ( between the legs) to a back; " the quarterback fumbled the snap"
  15. the act of catching an object with the hands; " Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; " he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; " Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away".
  16. the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand; " he gave his fingers a snap"
  17. a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound; " children can manage snaps better than buttons"
  18. the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed; " the waistband had lost its snap"
  19. a sudden breaking
  20. the noise produced by the rapid movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand; " servants appeared at the snap of his fingers"
  21. a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger
  22. a spell of cold weather; " a cold snap in the middle of May"
  23. break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; " The rope snapped"
  24. utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; " The sales clerky snapped a reply at the angry customer"; " The guard snarled at us"
  25. record on photographic film; " I photographed the scene of the accident"; " She snapped a picture of the President"
  26. cause to make a snapping sound; " snap your fingers"
  27. put in play with a snap; " snap a football"
  28. lose control of one's emotions; " When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; " When her baby died, she snapped"
  29. move or strike with a noise; " he clicked on the light"; " his arm was snapped forward"
  30. make a sharp sound; " his fingers snapped"
  31. To catch out sharply ( a batsman who has just snicked a bowled ball).
  32. Of the eyes, to emit sudden, brief sparkles like those of a snapping fire, as sometimes in anger.
  33. Any task, labor, set of circumstances, or the like, that yields satisfactory results or gives pleasure with little trouble or effort, as an easy course of study, a job where work is light, a bargain, etc.
  34. A snap shot with a firearm.
  35. A snapshot.
  36. Something of no value; as, not worth a snap.
  37. Done, performed, made, executed, carried through, or the like, quickly and without deliberation; as, a snap judgment or decision; a snap political convention.
  38. To break at once; to break short, as substances that are brittle.
  39. To strike, to hit, or to shut, with a sharp sound.
  40. To bite or seize suddenly, especially with the teeth.
  41. To break upon suddenly with sharp, angry words; to treat snappishly; -- usually with up.
  42. To crack; to cause to make a sharp, cracking noise; as, to snap a whip.
  43. To project with a snap.
  44. To break short, or at once; to part asunder suddenly; as, a mast snaps; a needle snaps.
  45. To give forth, or produce, a sharp, cracking noise; to crack; as, blazing firewood snaps.
  46. To make an effort to bite; to aim to seize with the teeth; to catch eagerly ( at anything); -- often with at; as, a dog snapsat a passenger; a fish snaps at the bait.
  47. To utter sharp, harsh, angry words; -- often with at; as, to snap at a child.
  48. To miss fire; as, the gun snapped.
  49. A sudden breaking or rupture of any substance.
  50. A sudden, eager bite; a sudden seizing, or effort to seize, as with the teeth.
  51. A sudden, sharp motion or blow, as with the finger sprung from the thumb, or the thumb from the finger.
  52. A sharp, abrupt sound, as that made by the crack of a whip; as, the snap of the trigger of a gun.
  53. A greedy fellow.
  54. 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.
  55. A sudden severe interval or spell; -- applied to the weather; as, a cold snap.
  56. A small catch or fastening held or closed by means of a spring, or one which closes with a snapping sound, as the catch of a bracelet, necklace, clasp of a book, etc.
  57. A snap beetle.
  58. A thin, crisp cake, usually small, and flavored with ginger; -- used chiefly in the plural.
  59. Briskness; vigor; energy; decision.
  60. Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained.
  61. To break off short; to snatch at something suddenly, especially with the teeth; to produce a sharp, sudden sound; speak crossly or angrily; miss fire: said of a gun; to flash; to crackle.
  62. To break off short; crack; seize suddenly and unexpectedly, as with the teeth; to speak to sharply and angrily: followed by up; cause to make a sudden, sharp sound; as, to snap the fingers.
  63. Act of seizing or breaking suddenly; the sudden breaking of something stiff or tightly stretched; a sudden, sharp sound; at, the snap of a whip; a spring lock or catch; a suddent short period of severe weather; as a cold snap; colloquially, energy or vim; a kind of small, thin, crisp cake.
  64. Colloquially, receiving or requiring little thought; as, a snap judgment; a snap course of study.
  65. Snapped.
  66. Snapping.
  67. To break short or at once: to bite, or catch at suddenly: to crack.
  68. To break short: to try to bite:- pr. p. snapping; pa. t. and pa. p. snapped.
  69. Act of snapping, or the noise made by it: a small catch or lock.
  70. Act or noise of snapping.
  71. To break short; bite or catch at suddenly; let fly, as the lock of a gun; crack.
  72. To break short; try to bite; crack.
  73. To strike, press, shut, etc. with a snap; break suddenly with a cracking noise; seize suddenly.
  74. To emit a sharp, cracking sound.
  75. To part with a snap.
  76. A sharp, quick sound; sudden breaking; sharp, sudden closing, as of a gun lock; any fastening, or the like, that closes with a click.
  77. A sudden snatch as with the teeth.
  78. A brief spell, as of cold weather.
  79. A sudden breaking or rupture of any substance; a sudden eager bite, or effort to bite; a crack, as of a whip; a catch or small fastening; a sudden turn of cold weather; a small gingerbread cake.
  80. To break short or at once; to strike with a sharp sound; to catch at suddenly with the teeth; to crack.
  81. To break short; to part asunder suddenly; to try to bite; to catch. To snap off, to bite off suddenly. To snap one up, to treat with sharp words.
  82. To catch at or seize suddenly, as with the teeth; to break short or at once; to try to seize; to break without bending.
  83. A sudden eager bite; a breaking short without bending; a sharp noise, as from the sudden breaking of a body; a catch or small lock; a small, circular, thin, and crisp cake of gingerbread.

Usage examples for snap

  1. " Snap goes our third thread, and we end where we began," said he. – The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
  2. Only," she added, " Willie is likely to snap my head off for buttin' into his business. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  3. They tell you, with a high hand, that " they are as good as you; that they can get twenty better places by the morrow, and that they don't care a snap for your anger." – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  4. Jonah thought awhile, and made up his mind with a snap. – Jonah by Louis Stone
  5. Snap, I knew, was trying to fool him. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
  6. The bride settled herself with needle and thread, saying: Now take Eliza to the bridge while the light is good; she wants to snap- shoot it. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  7. The final roll wound up with a quick snap. – Under the Skylights by Henry Blake Fuller
  8. Think I'd be chasin' up an office boy snap, if I did? – Torchy by Sewell Ford
  9. But then he turned around, and I saw a snap in his eye, which told me that he was really angry, just as much as I was, but had learned to control his feelings better. – Dawson Black: Retail Merchant by Harold Whitehead
  10. As he spoke he closed his teeth with a savage snap. – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  11. So snap your fingers at death, as I do," and she suited the action to the word, " and be happy while you may, and when you're not happy, wait till your turn comes round again. – The Lady Of Blossholme by H. Rider Haggard
  12. I guess he set it down hard, for all at once, with a little snap, it opened! – Stories to Tell to Children by Sara Cone Bryant
  13. I have maintained their constitution, and do not worry them; but if they go too far I snap my fingers at them or send them home. – The Governments of Europe by Frederic Austin Ogg
  14. Had he known how to pray he would have begged that something might snap. – The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton
  15. " I came to see if you would snap off my tail," said he. – Among the Pond People by Clara Dillingham Pierson
  16. Why, this sure is a great snap! – Camp Fires of the Wolf Patrol by Alan Douglas
  17. Snap opened his mouth to speak but decided against it. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930 by Various
  18. Bend your head down, and let me look at the snap. – The Tin Soldier by Temple Bailey
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