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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snap \Snap\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Snapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snapping}.] [LG. or D. snappen to snap up, to snatch; akin to G. schnappen, MHG. snaben, Dan. snappe, and to D. snavel beak, bill. Cf. {Neb}, {Snaffle}, noun]

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. --Granville.

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). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snap \Snap\, verb (used without an object)

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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snap \Snap\, noun [Cf. D. snap a snatching. See {Snap}, verb (used with an object)]

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. --L'Estrange.

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. --Lowell.

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.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

14. A snap shot with a firearm. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

15. (Photog.) A snapshot. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

16. Something of no value; as, not worth a snap. [Colloq.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

17. (Football) The action of snapping the ball back, from the center usu. to the quarterback, which commences the play (down), and, if the clock had stopped, restarts the timer clock; a {snap back}. [PJC]

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snap \Snap\, adjective Done, performed, made, executed, carried through, or the like, quickly and without deliberation; as, a snap judgment or decision; a snap political convention. [Colloq.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

snap

noun

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}, {grab}, {snatch}, {snap}]

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}, {snap}]

4: a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger [syn: {gingersnap}, {ginger snap}, {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}, {snap}]

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}, {snap}] [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}, {snap}, {shot}]

10: a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound; "children can manage snaps better than buttons" [syn: {snap}, {snap fastener}, {press stud}]

11: any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product will be no picnic" [syn: {cinch}, {breeze}, {picnic}, {snap}, {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" [syn: {centering}, {snap}]

verb

1: utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard snarled at us" [syn: {snap}, {snarl}]

2: separate or cause to separate abruptly; "The rope snapped"; "tear the paper" [syn: {tear}, {rupture}, {snap}, {bust}]

3: break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; "The pipe snapped" [syn: {snap}, {crack}]

4: move or strike with a noise; "he clicked on the light"; "his arm was snapped forward" [syn: {snap}, {click}]

5: close with a snapping motion; "The lock snapped shut"

6: make a sharp sound; "his fingers snapped" [syn: {snap}, {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}, {snap}]

9: put in play with a snap; "snap a football"

10: cause to make a snapping sound; "snap your fingers" [syn: {snap}, {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" [syn: {break down}, {lose it}, {snap}]

12: bring the jaws together; "he snapped indignantly"

13: record on photographic film; "I photographed the scene of the accident"; "She snapped a picture of the President" [syn: {photograph}, {snap}, {shoot}]

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