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SNATCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does snatch mean? 

SNATCH (noun)
  The noun SNATCH has 5 senses:

1. a small fragment
2. obscene terms for female genitals
3. (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
4. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion
5. the act of catching an object with the hands

  Familiarity information: SNATCH used as a noun is common.


SNATCH (verb)
  The verb SNATCH has 3 senses:

1. to grasp hastily or eagerly
2. to make grasping motions
3. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom

  Familiarity information: SNATCH used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SNATCH (noun)


Sense 1snatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small fragment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

snatch; bit

Context example:

overheard snatches of their conversation

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

fragment (an incomplete piece)


Sense 2snatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Obscene terms for female genitals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

puss; pussy; twat; snatch; slit; cunt

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

fanny; female genital organ; female genitalia; female genitals (external female sex organs)


Sense 3snatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

kidnapping; snatch

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

capture; seizure (the act of taking of a person by force)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


Sense 4snatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

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

weightlift; weightlifting (bodybuilding by exercise that involves lifting weights)


Sense 5snatch [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 ("snatch" 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 "snatch"):

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)


SNATCH (verb)


Sense 1snatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To grasp hastily or eagerly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

snatch up; snatch; snap

Context example:

Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone

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

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

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

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

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2snatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To make grasping motions

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

the cat snatched at the butterflies

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3snatch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

abduct; kidnap; nobble; snatch

Context example:

The industrialist's son was kidnapped

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

seize (take or capture by force)

Domain category:

crime; law-breaking ((criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act)

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

impress; shanghai (take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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