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SNAP (snapped, snapping)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does snap mean? 

SNAP (noun)
  The noun SNAP has 13 senses:

1. the act of catching an object with the hands
2. a spell of cold weather
3. tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections
4. a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger
5. the noise produced by the rapid movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand
6. a sudden sharp noise
7. a sudden breaking
8. the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
9. an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
10. a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound
11. any undertaking that is easy to do
12. the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand
13. (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back

  Familiarity information: SNAP used as a noun is familiar.


SNAP (verb)
  The verb SNAP has 12 senses:

1. utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
2. separate or cause to separate abruptly
3. break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension
4. move or strike with a noise
5. snap close with a sound
6. make a sharp sound
7. move with a snapping sound
8. to grasp hastily or eagerly
9. put in play with a snap
10. cause to make a snapping sound
11. lose control of one's emotions
12. record on photographic film

  Familiarity information: SNAP used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


SNAP (noun)


Sense 1snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of catching an object with the hands

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

snap; grab; snatch; catch

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

touch; touching (the act of putting two things together with no space between them)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "snap"):

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)

interlock; interlocking; mesh; meshing (the act of interlocking or meshing)

shoestring catch ((baseball) a running catch made near the ground)

rebound (the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot)

reception ((American football) the act of catching a pass in football)

interception ((American football) the act of catching a football by a player on the opposing team)


Sense 2snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A spell of cold weather

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Context example:

a cold snap in the middle of May

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

patch; piece; spell; while (a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition)


Sense 3snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

snap bean; snap

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

green bean (immature bean pod eaten as a vegetable)


Sense 4snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A crisp round cookie flavored with ginger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

gingersnap; ginger snap; ginger nut; snap

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

biscuit; cookie; cooky (any of various small flat sweet cakes ('biscuit' is the British term))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "snap"):

brandysnap (a gingersnap flavored with brandy)


Sense 5snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The noise produced by the rapid movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

servants appeared at the snap of his fingers

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

noise (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound))


Sense 6snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden sharp noise

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

cracking; crack; snap

Context examples:

the crack of a whip / he heard the cracking of the ice / he can hear the snap of a twig

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

noise (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound))


Sense 7snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden breaking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

break (the occurrence of breaking)


Sense 8snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

elasticity; snap

Context example:

the waistband had lost its snap

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

physical property (a property used to characterize physical objects)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "snap"):

elasticity of shear (the elasticity of a body that has been pulled out of shape by a shearing force)

temper; toughness (the elasticity and hardness of a metal object; its ability to absorb considerable energy before cracking)

stretch; stretchability; stretchiness (the capacity for being stretched)

give; spring; springiness (the elasticity of something that can be stretched and returns to its original length)

bounce; bounciness (the quality of a substance that is able to rebound)

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)


Sense 9snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

snapshot; shot; snap

Context examples:

my snapshots haven't been developed yet / he tried to get unposed shots of his friends

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

exposure; photo; photograph; pic (a picture of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material)


Sense 10snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

press stud; snap fastener; snap

Context example:

children can manage snaps better than buttons

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

fastener; fastening; fixing; holdfast (restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place)


Sense 11snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any undertaking that is easy to do

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

child's play; cinch; duck soup; piece of cake; walkover; pushover; picnic; breeze; snap

Context example:

marketing this product will be no picnic

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

labor; project; task; undertaking (any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "snap"):

doddle (an easy task)


Sense 12snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

he gave his fingers a snap

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

motility; motion; move; movement (a change of position that does not entail a change of location)


Sense 13snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

centering; snap

Context example:

the quarterback fumbled the snap

Hypernyms ("snap" is a kind of...):

flip; pass; toss ((sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team)

Domain category:

American football; American football game (a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays)


SNAP (verb)


Sense 1snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

snarl; snap

Context examples:

The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer / The guard snarled at us

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They snap that there was a traffic accident


Sense 2snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate or cause to separate abruptly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

rupture; tear; snap; bust

Context examples:

The rope snapped / tear the paper

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

disunite; divide; part; separate (force, take, or pull apart)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "snap"):

lacerate (cut or tear irregularly)

pull; rend; rip; rive (tear or be torn violently)

rip up; shred; tear up (tear into shreds)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence examples:

The ropes snap
The strong winds snap the rope


Sense 3snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

snap; crack

Context example:

The rope snapped

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

break; come apart; fall apart; separate; split up (become separated into pieces or fragments)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move or strike with a noise

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

click; snap

Context examples:

he clicked on the light / his arm was snapped forward

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 5snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Snap close with a sound

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The lock snapped shut

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

close; shut (move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 6snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a sharp sound

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

crack; snap

Context example:

his fingers snapped

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 7snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move with a snapping sound

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

bullets snapped past us

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 8snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To grasp hastily or eagerly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

snatch; snatch up; snap

Context example:

Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

clutch; prehend; seize (take hold of; grab)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "snap"):

swoop; swoop up (seize or catch with a swooping motion)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Also:

snap up (get hold of or seize quickly and easily)


Sense 9snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put in play with a snap

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

snap a football

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

hit (cause to move by striking)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 10snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to make a snapping sound

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

click; flick; snap

Context example:

snap your fingers

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 11snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose control of one's emotions

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

lose it; break down; snap

Context examples:

When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely / When her baby died, she snapped

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

act; behave; do (behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "snap"):

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)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 12snap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Record on photographic film

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

photograph; shoot; snap

Context examples:

I photographed the scene of the accident / She snapped a picture of the President

Hypernyms (to "snap" is one way to...):

enter; put down; record (make a record of; set down in permanent form)

Domain category:

photography; picture taking (the act of taking and printing photographs)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "snap"):

retake (photograph again)

x-ray (take an x-ray of something or somebody)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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