Pronunciation Noun


  1. A quick breaking or cracking sound or the action of producing such a sound.
  2. A sudden break.
  3. An attempt to seize, bite, attack, or grab.
  4. The act of making a snapping sound by pressing the thumb and an opposing finger of the same hand together and suddenly releasing the grip so that the finger hits against the palm.
  5. A fastening device that makes a snapping sound when used.
  6. (informal) A photograph; a snapshot.
    We took a few snaps of the old church before moving on.
  7. The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension.
  8. A thin circular cookie or similar baked good.
    a ginger snap
  9. A brief, sudden period of a certain weather; used primarily in the phrase cold snap.
  10. A very short period of time (figuratively, the time taken to snap one's fingers), or a task that can be accomplished in such a period.
    It'll be a snap to get that finished.
    I can fix most vacuum cleaners in a snap.
  11. A snap bean such as Phaseolus vulgaris.
  12. (American football) A backward pass or handoff of a football from its position on the ground that puts the ball in play; a hike.
  13. (somewhat colloquial) A rivet: a scrapbooking embellishment.
  14. (UK, regional) A small meal, a snack; lunch.
    • 1913, D H Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, Penguin 2006, page 89:
      When I went to put my coat on at snap time, what should go runnin' up my arm but a mouse.
  15. (uncountable) A card game, primarily for children, in which players cry "snap" to claim pairs of matching cards as they are turned up.
  16. (obsolete) A greedy fellow.
  17. 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.
    • 1625, Ben Jonson, The Staple of News
      He's a nimble fellow, / And alike skill'd in every liberal science, / As having certain snaps of all.
  18. briskness; vigour; energy; decision
  19. (slang, archaic) Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained. used primarily in the phrase soft snap.
  20. (slang) Something that is easy or effortless.
  21. A snapper, or snap beetle.
  22. (physics, humorous) jounce (the fourth derivative of the position vector with respect to time), followed by crackle and pop
  23. A quick offhand shot with a firearm; a snap shot.
  24. (colloquial) Something of no value.
    not worth a snap
  25. (internet) A visual message sent through the Snapchat application.
    • 2014, Newton Lee, Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness, p. 51:
      By April 2014, over 700 million snaps are shared per day on Snapchat — more than Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social networks.
    • 2015, Suse Barnes, Like, Follow, Share: Awesome, Actionable Social Media Marketing to Maximise Your Online Potential, p. 238:
      The oldest snaps will be deleted after 24 hours, and to keep the story going you'll have to add new content regularly.
    • ' 2015', Yuval Karniel, ‎Amit Lavie-Dinur, Privacy and Fame: How We Expose Ourselves across Media Platforms, p. 120:
      While Snapchat bases its whole product marketing on the auto-deletion of the snaps (images and videos) so that they are not stored, recent reports indicate otherwise.
  26. (uncountable) A crisp or pithy quality; epigrammatic point or force.
  27. A tool used by riveters.
  28. A tool used by glass-moulders.
  29. (slang, dated) A brief theatrical engagement.
  30. (slang, dated) An easy and profitable place or task; a sinecure.
  31. (slang, dated) A cheat or sharper.
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  • German: Schnappverschluss
  • Russian: застёжка
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  • Italian: rubamazzetto

snap (snaps, present participle snapping; past and past participle snapped)

  1. (intransitive, transitive) To fracture or break apart suddenly.
    He snapped his stick in anger.
    If you bend it too much, it will snap.
    • But this weapon will snap short, unfaithful to the hand that employs it.
  2. (intransitive) To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack.
    Blazing firewood snaps.
  3. (intransitive) To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite.
    A dog snaps at a passenger. A fish snaps at the bait.
  4. (intransitive) To attempt to seize with eagerness.
    She snapped at the chance to appear on television.
  5. (intransitive) To speak abruptly or sharply.
    He snapped at me for the slightest mistake.
  6. (intransitive) To give way abruptly and loudly.
  7. (intransitive) To suffer a mental breakdown, usually while under tension.
    She should take a break before she snaps.
  8. (intransitive) To flash or appear to flash as with light.
  9. (intransitive) To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound.
  10. (intransitive, computing, graphical user interface) To jump to a fixed position relative to another element.
    The floating toolbar will snap to the edge of the screen when dragged towards it.
  11. (transitive) To snatch with or as if with the teeth.
    • He, by playing too often at the mouth of death, has been snapped by it at last.
  12. (transitive) To pull apart with a snapping sound; to pop loose.
  13. (transitive) To say abruptly or sharply.
  14. (transitive, dated) To speak to abruptly or sharply; to treat snappishly; usually with up.
  15. (transitive) To cause something to emit a snapping sound.
    to snap a fastener
    to snap a whip
  16. (transitive) To close something using a snap as a fastener.
  17. (transitive) To snap one's fingers: to make a snapping sound, often by pressing the thumb and an opposing finger of the same hand together and suddenly releasing the grip so that the finger hits against the palm; alternatively, by bringing the index finger quickly down onto the middle finger and thumb.
    • 1815 February 23, [Walter Scott], Guy Mannering; or, The Astrologer. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, […]; and Archibald Constable and Co., […], OCLC 742335644 ↗:
  18. (transitive) To cause to move suddenly and smartly.
  19. (transitive) To take a photograph; to release a camera's shutter (which may make a snapping sound).
    He snapped a picture of me with my mouth open and my eyes closed.
  20. (transitive, American football) To put (a football) in play by a backward pass or handoff from its position on the ground; to hike (a football).
    He can snap the ball to a back twenty yards behind him.
  21. To misfire.
    The gun snapped.
  22. (cricket, transitive) To catch out sharply (a batsman who has just snicked a bowled ball).
Translations Translations
  • German: krachen
  • Russian: щёлкать
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  • German: zuschanppen
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  • German: knipsen, einen Schnappschuss machen
  • Russian: щёлкать
  • German: zurückpassen
Translations Interjection
  1. The cry used in a game of snap when winning a hand.
  2. (British, AU) By extension from the card game, "I've got one the same!", "Me too!"
    Snap! We've both got pink buckets and spades.
  3. (British) Ritual utterance of agreement (after the cry in the card game snap).
  4. (North America) Used in place of expletive to express surprise, usually in response to a negative statement or news; often used facetiously.
    "I just ran over your phone with my car." "Oh, snap!"
  5. (British, Australia, NZ) Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time.
    "Wasn't that John?" "Wasn't that John?" "Snap!"
  • (used after simultaneous utterance) jinx

snap (not comparable)

  1. (informal, attributive) Done, performed, made, etc. quickly and without deliberation.
    a snap judgment or decision; a snap political convention
    • 1889, The Kansas City Medical Index-lancet Volume 10, Issue 8
      Now I should consider it a very snap judgment or a snap diagnosis for anybody to come into a medical society

Proper noun
  1. (US) Acronym of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  2. (computing) Acronym of Subnetwork Access Protocol
  3. (computing) Acronym of Scalable Network Application Package
  4. (computing) Acronym of Symbolic Network Analysis Program

snap (plural snaps)

  1. (protein) Acronym of soluble NSF attachment protein

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