snap

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: snap

1
vn
separate or cause to separate abruptly
a sudden sharp noise
2
vn
make a sharp sound
a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound
3
v
utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
4
nv
(American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
put in play with a snap
5
vn
record on photographic film
an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
6
n
a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger
7
n
the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
8
n
any undertaking that is easy to do
9
n
a spell of cold weather
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: snap
1

v separate or cause to separate abruptly

“The rope snapped
Synonyms:
bust, rupture, tear
Types:
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lacerate
cut or tear irregularly
pull, rend, rip, rive
tear or be torn violently
rip up, shred, tear up
tear into shreds
tease
tear into pieces
Type of:
disunite, divide, part, separate
force, take, or pull apart

v break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension

“The pipe snapped
Synonyms:
crack
Type of:
break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
become separated into pieces or fragments

n a sudden sharp noise

“he can hear the snap of a twig”
Synonyms:
crack, cracking
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n a sudden breaking

Type of:
break
the occurrence of breaking

n tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections

Synonyms:
snap bean
Type of:
green bean
immature bean pod eaten as a vegetable
2

v make a sharp sound

“his fingers snapped
Synonyms:
crack
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v cause to make a snapping sound

snap your fingers”
Synonyms:
click, flick
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v move or strike with a noise

“his arm was snapped forward”
Synonyms:
click
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v move with a snapping sound

“bullets snapped past us”
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v bring the jaws together

“he snapped indignantly”
Type of:
bite, seize with teeth
to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws

v close with a snapping motion

“The lock snapped shut”
Type of:
close, shut
move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut

v to grasp hastily or eagerly

Synonyms:
snatch, snatch up
Types:
swoop, swoop up
seize or catch with a swooping motion
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

n a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound

“children can manage snaps better than buttons”
Synonyms:
press stud, snap fastener
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

n 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”
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n 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
Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

n the act of catching an object with the hands

“the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion”
Synonyms:
catch, grab, snatch
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fair catch
(American football) a catch of a punt on the fly by a defensive player who has signalled that he will not run and so should not be tackled
interception
(American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team
reception
(American football) the act of catching a pass in football
rebound
the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot
shoestring catch
(baseball) a running catch made near the ground
interlock, interlocking, mesh, meshing
the act of interlocking or meshing
Type of:
touch, touching
the act of putting two things together with no space between them
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v utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

“The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer”
Synonyms:
snarl
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v lose control of one's emotions

“When her baby died, she snapped
Synonyms:
break down, lose it
Types:
dissolve
lose control emotionally
die
be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame
fall apart, go to pieces
lose one's emotional or mental composure
Type of:
act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
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n (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back

“the quarterback fumbled the snap
Synonyms:
centering
Type of:
flip, pass, toss
(sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

v put in play with a snap

snap a football”
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking
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v record on photographic film

“She snapped a picture of the President”
Synonyms:
photograph, shoot
film, shoot, take
make a film or photograph of something
Types:
retake
photograph again
x-ray
take an x-ray of something or somebody
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form

n an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera

Synonyms:
shot, snapshot
Type of:
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
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n a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger

Synonyms:
ginger nut, ginger snap, gingersnap
Types:
brandysnap
a gingersnap flavored with brandy
Type of:
biscuit, cookie, cooky
any of various small flat sweet cakes (`biscuit' is the British term)
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n the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

“the waistband had lost its snap
Synonyms:
elasticity
Antonyms:
inelasticity
the lack of elasticity
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resilience, resiliency
the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit
bounce, bounciness
the quality of a substance that is able to rebound
give, spring, springiness
the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length
stretch, stretchability, stretchiness
the capacity for being stretched
temper, toughness
the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking
elasticity of shear
the elasticity of a body that has been pulled out of shape by a shearing force
Type of:
physical property
any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
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n any undertaking that is easy to do

Synonyms:
breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, walkover
Types:
doddle
an easy task
Type of:
labor, project, task, undertaking
any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
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n a spell of cold weather

“a cold snap in the middle of May”
Type of:
patch, piece, spell, while
a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
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