Snap v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snapped p. pr. & vb. n. Snapping.]
1. To break at once; to break short, as substances that are brittle.
Breaks the doors open, snaps the locks. --Prior.
2. To strike, to hit, or to shut, with a sharp sound.
3. To bite or seize suddenly, especially with the teeth.
He, by playing too often at the mouth of death, has been snapped by it at last. --South.
4. To break upon suddenly with sharp, angry words; to treat snappishly; -- usually with up.
5. To crack; to cause to make a sharp, cracking noise; as, to snap a whip.
MacMorian snapped his fingers repeatedly. --Sir W. Scott.
6. To project with a snap.
7. Cricket To catch out sharply (a batsman who has just snicked a bowled ball).
To snap back Football, to roll the ball back with the foot; -- done only by the center rush, who thus delivers the ball to the quarter back on his own side when both sides are ranged in line.
To snap off. (a) To break suddenly. (b) To bite off suddenly.
Snap, a. Done, performed, made, executed, carried through, or the like, quickly and without deliberation; as, a snap judgment or decision; a snap political convention. [Colloq.]
Snap, v. i.
1. To break short, or at once; to part asunder suddenly; as, a mast snaps; a needle snaps.
But this weapon will snap short, unfaithful to the hand that employs it. --Burke.
2. To give forth, or produce, a sharp, cracking noise; to crack; as, blazing firewood snaps.
3. 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.
4. To utter sharp, harsh, angry words; -- often with at; as, to snap at a child.
5. To miss fire; as, the gun snapped.
6. Of the eyes, to emit sudden, brief sparkles like those of a snapping fire, as sometimes in anger.
1. A sudden breaking or rupture of any substance.
2. A sudden, eager bite; a sudden seizing, or effort to seize, as with the teeth.
3. A sudden, sharp motion or blow, as with the finger sprung from the thumb, or the thumb from the finger.
4. A sharp, abrupt sound, as that made by the crack of a whip; as, the snap of the trigger of a gun.
5. A greedy fellow.
6. 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.
He's a nimble fellow,
And alike skilled in every liberal science,
As having certain snaps of all. --B. Jonson.
7. A sudden severe interval or spell; -- applied to the weather; as, a cold snap.
8. 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.
9. Zool. A snap beetle.
10. A thin, crisp cake, usually small, and flavored with ginger; -- used chiefly in the plural.
11. Briskness; vigor; energy; decision. [Colloq.]
12. Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained. [Slang]
13. 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. [Slang, Chiefly U. S.]
14. A snap shot with a firearm.
15. Photog. A snapshot.
16. Something of no value; as, not worth a snap. [Colloq.]
Snap back Football, the act of snapping back the ball.
Snap beetle, or Snap bug Zool., any beetle of the family Elateridae, which, when laid on its back, is able to leap to a considerable height by means of a thoracic spring; -- called also snapping beetle.
Snap flask Molding, a flask for small work, having its sides separable and held together by latches, so that the flask may be removed from around the sand mold.
Snap judgment, a judgment formed on the instant without deliberation.
Snap lock, a lock shutting with a catch or snap.
Snap riveting, riveting in which the rivets have snapheads formed by a die or swaging tool.
Snap shot, a quick offhand shot, without deliberately taking aim.
n 1: 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"; "the
infielder's snap and throw was a single motion" [syn: catch,
2: a spell of cold weather; "a cold snap in the middle of May"
3: tender green beans without strings that easily snap into
sections [syn: snap bean]
4: a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger [syn: gingersnap,
ginger snap, ginger nut]
5: 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"
6: a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the
cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"
[syn: crack, cracking]
7: a sudden breaking
8: the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after
it has been stretched or compressed; "the waistband had
lost its snap" [syn: elasticity] [ant: inelasticity]
9: 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" [syn: snapshot,
10: a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound;
"children can manage snaps better than buttons" [syn: snap
fastener, press stud]
11: any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product
will be no picnic" [syn: cinch, breeze, picnic, duck
soup, child's play, pushover, walkover, piece of
12: 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"
13: (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it
(between the legs) to a back; "the quarterback fumbled
the snap" [syn: centering]
v 1: utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; "The sales clerky
snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard
snarled at us" [syn: snarl]
2: separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped";
"tear the paper" [syn: tear, rupture, bust]
3: break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; "The rope
snapped" [syn: crack]
4: move or strike with a noise; "he clicked on the light"; "his
arm was snapped forward" [syn: click]
5: snap close with a sound; "The lock snapped shut"
6: make a sharp sound; "his fingers snapped" [syn: crack]
7: move with a snapping sound; "bullets snapped past us"
8: to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the
dog snatched the ham bone" [syn: snatch, snatch up]
9: put in play with a snap; "snap a football"
10: cause to make a snapping sound; "snap your fingers" [syn: click,
11: 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" [syn: break down, lose it]
12: record on photographic film; "I photographed the scene of
the accident"; "She snapped a picture of the President"
[syn: photograph, shoot]
[also: snapping, snapped]