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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a cold snap (=a short period of very cold weather)
▪ There had been a sudden cold snap just after Christmas.
a snap decision (=one that you make extremely quickly)
▪ Police officers often have to make snap decisions on how to act.
a snap judgment (=made quickly)
▪ In my business, I often have to make snap judgments about people.
cold snap
pick up/snap up a bargain (=find one)
▪ You can often pick up a bargain at an auction.
sb's patience snaps (=they suddenly show their anger)
▪ Celia's patience snapped when he dropped a second glass of wine on the carpet.
▪ His opponent's head snapped back over the edge of the drop and was still.
▪ Since then, my head has snapped back fast enough to get a serious case of whiplash.
▪ She'd have done better to snap back at him the way he'd snapped at her!
▪ The first few days, even the first week, can be very disorienting, and then things snap back into focus.
▪ Though depressed, they may snap back when least expected.
▪ He snapped off a shot, hardly even bothering to point the gun before he squeezed the trigger.
▪ There was an available seat, a metal kitchen chair with its back snapped off.
▪ And then, finally, he would have snapped off their arms and legs and used their torsos for planting geraniums.
▪ Screams rang out in some hallways when the lights snapped off.
▪ The light trained on his bed snaps off.
▪ I reacted so fast that our Huey snapped off the ground.
▪ Margaret and Jack Carolan, from Huyton, had sneaked a camera inside and were snapping off shots as keepsakes.
▪ They either snap off in the middle or just fall over of their own weight.
▪ He shouted for the doors to be opened and of course they snapped open as usual.
▪ She snapped open her handbag blindly with a sense of gathering panic.
▪ Then the Prophet's eyes snapped open again and the pleading was gone.
▪ Take care with the magnets by the way, as allowing them to snap together causes them to break.
▪ He felt yet another ingredient must be missing which prevented a living system from snapping together.
▪ She saw his face change, his brows snap together.
▪ It shot ahead by more than 34 points to a new all-time peak of 2842.0 with buyers snapping up anything that moved.
▪ Sometimes during a science test, his head would snap up as quickly as if he had a sudden toothache.
▪ Free-market reforms have nurtured a burgeoning middle class and even some super rich, both snapping up the latest in electronics.
▪ House for £1 deposit FIRST-TIME buyers are queueing to snap up homes for a £1 down-payment.
▪ Margaret Thatcher's governments encouraged the old nationalised industries to sell derelict sites which retailers snapped up for building superstores.
▪ Because of its popularity, many of the association's new homes have already been snapped up.
▪ He always laughed noiselessly, his jaw snapping up and down as he took in great gulps of air.
▪ Each man would snap smartly to attention and then they would climb aboard the fire engine and ride through the town.
▪ We were soaking in this scenery when we were snapped back to attention by an approaching rapid.
▪ Those riverbeds could snap an axle as crisply as the way that Zervos snapped his fingers when he danced.
▪ I snapped my finger in front of his eyes, and a trance was broken.
▪ He relished the image, saw it clearly, felt the tendons on Carter's neck snapping under his fingers.
▪ One of the guys snaps his fingers, and the nearest workman veers in a sharp turn and sprints to his side.
▪ He snapped his fingers at the barmaid and ordered a brandy.
▪ Five minutes into the First Act Dotty Blundell forgot her lines and snapped her fingers for a prompt.
▪ Zak was nodding his mop of curls beside me and had begun snapping his fingers rather fast.
▪ He gave a royal snort, either of disappointment or relief, and snapped his fingers for another round of wine.
▪ His opponent's head snapped back over the edge of the drop and was still.
▪ Since then, my head has snapped back fast enough to get a serious case of whiplash.
▪ And Nurse Cohen above him, her head snapped back by a blow and the blood splintering from it.
▪ His head snapped violently and twisted to follow it, as though it had tethered him, looped around his neck.
▪ Suddenly Satan's head snapped up, ears erect.
▪ Cocking her head, she snapped the fan shut and pointed it at him.
▪ As a player Souness has a highly flammable temper; when he loses the head, something snaps.
▪ Pricey stopped with a jolt, his head snapped back, his jaw snapped shut.
▪ It's touted as the cheaper alternative to Photoshop, and is snapping at the heels of the industry benchmark.
▪ I've the problems of the world on my shoulders and the Captain snapping at my heels.
▪ As night fell the Empire army was in full retreat with wolf riders snapping at their heels.
▪ His patience snapped with the vodka advert.
▪ I held Jack, and together we smiled at the camera. Patience snapped the shutter.
bite/snap sb's head off
▪ A geek is a carnival performer who bites the heads off live chickens and snakes.
▪ He had no right to bite the head off one of his staunchest friends.
▪ I could have bitten her head off.
▪ Just to bite their heads off.
▪ Not two minutes in his company and she was biting his head off.
▪ The gusts are becoming malevolent, snapping the heads off the waves like daisies.
▪ This Katherine bites the heads off rag-dolls and threatens her sister Bianca with a pair of pinking shears.
▪ You could trust him not to take the mickey, or to turn round and bite your head off.
▪ "Can't you see I'm eating?" Mattie snapped.
▪ A twig snapped under his foot.
▪ Charlotte's patience suddenly snapped.
▪ Cheaper versions are made of metal that could rust and snap.
▪ He accidentally snapped his putter in half during one tournament.
▪ He hit a rock and snapped the truck's axle.
▪ High winds snapped power lines in the city, leaving more than 9000 people without power.
▪ Leroy finally snapped and attacked his tormentors.
▪ Mel snapped a picture with his pocket camera.
▪ Melanie Smithson, who is accused of murdering her husband, has claimed that she snapped after years of violence and abuse.
▪ One of the strings on my guitar snapped when I was tuning it.
▪ Power lines snapped in the high winds.
▪ The cops snapped the handcuffs back onto the prisoner.
▪ The Rockets finally snapped a seven-game losing streak by defeating Portland.
▪ The tip of the Christmas tree snapped off when it fell.
▪ When he hit me across the face, I just snapped.
▪ And then holding the cigarette in front of his face he snapped the tip like some breaker of bread.
▪ As soon as the ball was snapped, I took off after them.
▪ As the pounding got louder and louder, suddenly Christine snapped.
▪ But the actors snap the movie back to life with sharply observed emotion.
▪ Her twig-thin legs seemed fit to snap.
▪ One hundred feet up it snapped into full canopy.
▪ Sliding them on to the desk, she snapped open her briefcase and took out her calculator.
▪ The nurse snapped her fingers, and they sprang into motion.
▪ Elvis Grbac took the snap, tucked his body into a tight C and dropped it into the end zone.
▪ To John, for taking the snaps, and to all the others for keeping us going with cups of tea.
▪ Mike took a snap out the window with the Kodak as we passed.
▪ Rookie Mike Cherry, who has never taken a snap in a regular-season game, will back him up.
▪ Did you take any snaps in Greece?
▪ Nick closed the lid with a snap.
▪ Patrick was showing his holiday snaps to everyone in the office.
▪ She showed me a snapshot of her three children.
▪ They're just snapshots, but some of them are really good.
▪ Despite the cold snap, a white Christmas was an unlikely prospect for most people.
▪ Elvis Grbac took the snap, tucked his body into a tight C and dropped it into the end zone.
▪ Everyone is enormously excited and Kate and Paul keep the Polaroid snap of the Mango.
▪ Kirov chose another snap which he had taken at a pavement cafe in Tbilisi, bringing his final selection to four.
▪ Moreover, demand for heating oil did not meet expectations during the cold snaps over the last two months.
▪ The all important hip-consciousness of Manchester wholeheartedly jerked to the harsh snap of the Linn Drum.
▪ With the Jags, he cut the number down to 10 plays, to be run consecutively from the first snap.
▪ I will not make a snap decision, Lieutenant.
▪ I just made a snap decision that this was where I wanted to be.
▪ If the failure occurs higher on the launch, again a snap decision can be fatal.
▪ So his leave-taking is no snap decision.
▪ Henry McLeish also promised to address the deep disaffection among Labour backbenchers exposed by his snap election last weekend.
Snap decisions are not always the best decisions.
▪ Usually she did not make snap judgements about people.
▪ Lean away as you do this to avoid getting hit in the face with a snap punch.
▪ The cat stance is an ideal stance from which to execute a front snap kick.
▪ The Hercules features a Windstopper lined snap neck, two zipped waist pockets and stylish embroidery on the back and front.
▪ The jacket is in a smock style and has two zipped pockets and a snap neck closure.
▪ Then snap punch off the front fist into the opponent's face.
▪ Throw a fast snap punch at the opponent's face.
▪ Warm frustration had turned cold rage, a snap freeze.
▪ You make quick, almost snap, judgments.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Snap \Snap\, v. i.

  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.

  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.


Snap \Snap\, v. t. [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, n.]

  1. To break at once; to break short, as substances that are brittle.

    Breaks the doors open, snaps the locks.

  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.

  4. To break upon suddenly with sharp, angry words; to treat snappishly; -- usually with up.

  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). 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.

    1. To break suddenly.

    2. To bite off suddenly.


Snap \Snap\, n. [Cf. D. snap a snatching. See Snap, v. t.]

  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.

  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.

  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. (Zo["o]l.) 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.]

  14. A snap shot with a firearm.

  15. (Photog.) A snapshot.

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

  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.

    Snap back (Football), the act of snapping back the ball.

    Snap beetle, or Snap bug (Zo["o]l.), any beetle of the family Elaterid[ae], 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.


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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, of animals, "to make a quick bite," from snap (n.). Meaning "to break suddenly or sharply" is first recorded c.1600; the mental sense is from 1970s. Meaning "come into place with a snap" is from 1793. Meaning "take a photograph" is from 1890. U.S. football sense first recorded 1887. Related: Snapped; snapping. To snap the fingers is from 1670s. Phrase snap out of it recorded by 1907. Snapping turtle is attested from 1784. Snap-brim (adj.) in reference to a type of hat is from 1928.


late 15c., "quick, sudden bite or cut," from Dutch or Low German snappen "to snap," probably related to Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snavel "bill, beak," from West Germanic *snu-, an imitative root forming words having to do with the nose (see snout).\n

\nAs an adjective from 1790. Commonly used to indicate instantaneous action, as in snap judgment (1841). Sense of "quick movement" is first recorded 1630s; that of "something easily done" is 1877. Meaning "brief or sudden spell" of weather (usually cold) is from 1740. Meaning "catch or fastener that closes with a snapping sound" is from 1815. The card game name is attested from 1881, from a call used in the game. Meaning "a snap-shot" is from 1894. U.S. football sense is from 1912, earlier snap-back (1880), which also was a name for the center position. Snap, Crackle and Pop, cartoon characters associated with Kellogg breakfast cereal Rice Krispies, are from 1940.

  1. (cx informal English) Done, performed, made, etc. quickly and without deliberation. interj. 1 The winning cry at a game of 2 (context British English) By extension from the card game, "I've got one the same." or similar 3 (context British English) Ritual utterance of agreement (after the cry in the card game snap). 4 (context US English) Used in place of expletive to express surprise, usually in response to a negative statement or news; often used facetiously. 5 (context British Australia NZ English) Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time. n. 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 gra

  2. 4 The act of making a snapping sound by pressing the thumb and a 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 A photograph (an abbreviation of snapshot) 7 The sudden release of something held under pressure or tension. 8 A thin circular cookie or similar good: 9 A brief, sudden period of a certain weather; (non-gloss definition: 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. 11 A snap bean such as ''Phaseolus vulgaris''. 12 (context American football English) The passing of a football from the center to a back that begins play, a hike. 13 (context somewhat colloquial English) A rivet: a scrapbooking embellishment. 14 (context UK regional English) A small meal, a snack; lunch. 15 (context uncountable English) A card game, primarily for children, in which players cry "snap" to claim pairs of matching cards. 16 (context obsolete English) 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. 18 briskness; vigour; energy; decision 19 (context slang archaic English) Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained. (non-gloss definition: used primarily in the phrase soft snap.) 20 (cx slang English) Something that is easy or effortless. 21 A snapper, or snap beetle. 22 (context physics humorous English) 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 (cx colloquial English) Something of no value. vb. 1 (context intransitive transitive English) To fracture or break apart suddenly. 2 (context intransitive English) To give forth or produce a sharp cracking noise; to crack. 3 (context intransitive English) To attempt to seize with the teeth or bite. 4 (context intransitive English) To attempt to seize with eagerness. 5 (context intransitive English) To speak abruptly or sharply. 6 (context intransitive English) To give way abruptly and loudly. 7 (context intransitive English) To suffer a mental breakdown, usually while under tension. 8 (context intransitive English) To flash or appear to flash as with light. 9 (context intransitive English) To fit or fasten together with a snapping sound. 10 (context intransitive computing graphical user interface English) To jump to a fixed position relative to another element. 11 (context transitive English) To snatch with or as if with the teeth. 12 (context transitive English) To pull apart with a snapping sound; to pop loose. 13 (context transitive English) To say abruptly or sharply. 14 (context transitive dated English) To speak to abruptly or sharply; to treat snappishly; usually with ''up''. 15 (context transitive English) To cause something to emit a snapping sound. 16 (context transitive English) To close something using a snap as a fastener. 17 (context transitive English) File:Snapping fingers.ogvFile:Alt Finger Snap.ogvTo 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. 18 (context transitive English) To cause to move suddenly and smartly. 19 (context transitive English) To take a photograph; to release a camera's shutter (which may make a snapping sound). 20 (context transitive American football English) To put the ball in play by passing it from the center to a back; to hike the ball. 21 To misfire. 22 (cx cricket transitive English) To catch out sharply (a batsman who has just snicked a bowled ball).

  1. n. 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]

  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]

  4. a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: elasticity] [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, shot]

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

  11. any undertaking that is easy to do; "marketing this product will be no picnic" [syn: 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" [syn: centering]

  14. [also: snapping, snapped]

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

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

  3. break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; "The rope snapped" [syn: crack]

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

  5. snap close with a sound; "The lock snapped shut"

  6. make a sharp sound; "his fingers snapped" [syn: 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]

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

  10. cause to make a snapping sound; "snap your fingers" [syn: 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]

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

  13. [also: snapping, snapped]

Snap (gridiron football)

A snap (colloquially called a "hike", "snapback", or "pass from center") is the backwards passing of the ball in American and Canadian football at the start of play from scrimmage.


Snap or SNAP may refer to:

Snap (computer graphics)

In computer graphics, snapping allows an object to be easily positioned in alignment with grid lines, guide lines or another object, by causing it to automatically jump to an exact position when the user drags it to the proximity of the desired location.

Some CAD software provides a "Snap" pull-down menu with diverse options as preferences for the practice of the operation.

In Windows with the option snap enabled, vertical positioning of a window against the top edge of the screen causes it to change into full screen.

Category:Computer graphics

Snap (horse)

Snap (1750 – July 1777) was a Thoroughbred racehorse who won all four of his races. After retiring from racing he became a successful stallion. He was Champion sire four times and his progeny included the undefeated Goldfinder.

Snap (web framework)

Snap is a simple web development framework written in the Haskell programming language. It is used by Silk, JanRain, Racemetric,, SooStone Inc, and Group Commerce. Snap is also used as a lightweight, standalone Haskell server. The popular static site generator Hakyll uses Snap for its preview mode.

SNAP (Science for Nature and People)

Science for Nature and People (SNAP) is an initiative that aims to rapidly develop models that will underpin the next phase of nature conservation and sustainable development. It works with public, voluntary and private sector organizations around the world to transform the relationship between people and nature.

SNAP’s executive director is conservation scientist and writer Craig Groves. The chairman of the initiative is noted American conservation scientist, Peter Kareiva of UCLA.

Usage examples of "snap".

Salmissra, her eyes ablaze, pointed at the prostrate Essia and snapped her fingers twice.

She pushed herself up and returned to the parapet in time to see the abseiling rope snap and the cradle it had been restraining catapulted back across the facade of the Gridiron.

He also caught sight of a helicopter being rolled out onto the helo deck aft as he pulled his eye away from the eyepiece, snapped down his eyepatch and lowered the periscope.

Schools of tiny mullet and squid skipped this way and that in frenzied fear, snapped at by the fierce albacore below and the eager beaks of the birds.

From across the cell Alec heard the soft, sickening snap of joints separating.

Left-handed compliment that it was, Alec returned the grin as he snapped the coin up his sleeve a final time.

Pausing to tune the harp, he snapped the string and, after a tense, whispered exchange with Alec, rose and bowed to the mayor.

Laying aside the first branch, Nysander passed the birch switch through the flame and water and struck Alec lightly on his cheeks, shoulders, chest, thighs, and feet, then snapped the stick in two.

Thanks to a chance sheltering in a dense crop of araucaria this young male had survived the tornado, suffering no worse injury than a snapped rib.

Speed is controlled by increasing or diminishing the number of armature bearings in series with the accumulator--all of which is simply accomplished by a lever which the pilot moves from his position on deck where he ordinarily lies upon his stomach, his safety belt snapped to heavy rings in the deck.

Crewmen on the deck scrambled for safety as the F14, its left wing dragging on steel, spun broadside, snapping the arrestor cables one after another as it hurtled toward a row of A6 Intruders just abaft of the island.

As it was, the only damage had been the snapped arrestor cables, easily replaced.

The young wife, who had snapped her bonds asunder, breathed voluptuously in this atmosphere.

She knew it from the stiff-backed way Aunty Em climbed down from the rickety wagon and from the way she folded up the hides, with a series of smart snaps, as if they were something rare and precious, to be protected.

Gives you a chance to make a snap decision as to who are the goodies and who the baddies before taking sides.