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Definition of 'snap'

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  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"
       Synonyms: catch grab snatch
  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
       Synonyms: snap bean
  4. a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: elasticity
       Antonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: snapshot shot
  10. a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound; "children can manage snaps better than buttons"
       Synonyms: snap fastener press stud
  11. any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product will be no picnic"
       Synonyms: cinch breeze picnic duck soup child's play pushover walkover piece of cake
  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"
       Synonyms: centering


  1. utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard snarled at us"
       Synonyms: snarl
  2. separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper"
       Synonyms: tear rupture bust
  3. break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; "The rope snapped"
       Synonyms: crack
  4. move or strike with a noise; "he clicked on the light"; "his arm was snapped forward"
       Synonyms: click
  5. snap close with a sound; "The lock snapped shut"
  6. make a sharp sound; "his fingers snapped"
       Synonyms: 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"
       Synonyms: snatch snatch up
  9. put in play with a snap; "snap a football"
  10. cause to make a snapping sound; "snap your fingers"
       Synonyms: click flick
  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"
       Synonyms: break down lose it
  12. record on photographic film; "I photographed the scene of the accident"; "She snapped a picture of the President"
       Synonyms: photograph shoot

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