snap

Oh, snap! When something snaps, it breaks or separates suddenly, often with a cracking sound. A snap can also be a fastener on clothes. And if you like a song, you can snap your fingers to the beat or snap a selfie of yourself dancing.

The verb snap is useful for many things that make a similar sharp sound, like when you snap your lunchbox shut, snap your fingers, or snap a whip. An animal's quick, strong bite is also a snap. As a noun, it can mean "fastener" or "the sound of a snap." A snap judgment is a decision you make almost instantaneously, and a cold snap is a short period of bitter weather.

Definitions of snap
  1. verb
    separate or cause to separate abruptly
    “The rope snapped
    synonyms: bust, rupture, tear
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    lacerate
    cut or tear irregularly
    pull, rend, rent, rip, rive
    tear or be torn violently
    rip up, shred, tear up
    tear into shreds
    tease
    tear into pieces
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    disunite, divide, part, separate
    force, take, or pull apart
  2. verb
    break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension
    “The pipe snapped
    synonyms: crack
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    break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up
    become separated into pieces or fragments
  3. noun
    a sudden sharp noise
    “he can hear the snap of a twig”
    synonyms: crack, cracking
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  4. noun
    a sudden breaking
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    break
    the occurrence of breaking
  5. noun
    tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections
    synonyms: snap bean
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    green bean
    immature bean pod eaten as a vegetable
  6. verb
    make a sharp sound
    “his fingers snapped
    synonyms: crack
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  7. verb
    cause to make a snapping sound
    snap your fingers”
    synonyms: click, flick
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  8. verb
    move or strike with a noise
    “his arm was snapped forward”
    synonyms: click
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  9. verb
    move with a snapping sound
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    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  10. verb
    bring the jaws together
    “he snapped indignantly”
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    bite, seize with teeth
    to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
  11. verb
    close with a snapping motion
    “The lock snapped shut”
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    close, shut
    move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut
  12. verb
    to grasp hastily or eagerly
    synonyms: snatch, snatch up
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    swoop, swoop up
    seize or catch with a swooping motion
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    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  13. noun
    a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound
    “children can manage snaps better than buttons”
    synonyms: press stud, snap fastener
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    fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
    restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place
  14. noun
    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”
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    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  15. noun
    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
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    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
  16. noun
    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
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    touch, touching
    the act of putting two things together with no space between them
  17. verb
    utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
    “The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer”
    synonyms: snarl
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    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  18. verb
    lose control of one's emotions
    synonyms: break down, lose it
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    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
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    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  19. noun
    (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
    “the quarterback fumbled the snap
    synonyms: centering
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    flip, pass, toss
    (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team
  20. verb
    put in play with a snap
    snap a football”
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    hit
    cause to move by striking
  21. verb
    record on photographic film
    “She snapped a picture of the President”
    synonyms: photograph, shoot
    film, shoot, take
    make a film or photograph of something
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    retake
    photograph again
    x-ray
    take an x-ray of something or somebody
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    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  22. noun
    an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
    synonyms: shot, snapshot
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    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
  23. noun
    a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger
    synonyms: ginger nut, ginger snap, gingersnap
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    brandysnap
    a gingersnap flavored with brandy
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    biscuit, cookie, cooky
    any of various small flat sweet cakes (`biscuit' is the British term)
  24. noun
    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
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    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
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    physical property
    any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
  25. noun
    any undertaking that is easy to do
    synonyms: breeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, walkover
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    doddle
    an easy task
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    labor, project, task, undertaking
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
  26. noun
    a spell of cold weather
    “a cold snap in the middle of May”
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    bout, patch, piece, spell, while
    a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
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