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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
zap
verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Computers identify threats and zap the results back to U.S. pilots in the war zone.
▪ Dave just sat there, zapping through all 70-plus channels.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Alternatively, use Doom Divers to zap the enemy's artillery before it can damage your core units.
▪ How did we zap the cancer without killing healthy cells?
▪ Never forget that the producer of the program is trying to grab you before you zap away to another news show.
▪ Resolve to practise positive thinking instead and choose to ignore or zap any of these unhelpful, wayward thoughts.
▪ The plan is for orbiting laser battle stations which would zap Soviet missiles.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
zap

zap \zap\ (z[a^]p), v. t.

  1. to shoot, destroy, or inactivate; my TV set was zapped by lightning.

  2. to bomb with an atomic bomb.

    Syn: nuke, atomize.

  3. to cook or heat in a microwave oven.

    Syn: microwave, micro-cook, nuke.

  4. to subject to radiation, a laser beam, a strong electric current, or other potentially destructive treatment.

  5. to skip over (e. g. a commercial or dull interval in a television program) by using the fast-forward button on a VCR remove control.

  6. to add interest, color, or attractiveness to; to liven; -- usually used with up.
    --[RHUD]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
zap

1929 as a sound, 1942 as a verb; a comic strip word (especially from "Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century"), of imitative origin. Meaning "erase electronically" is 1982. Related: Zapped; zapping.

Wiktionary
zap

interj. Representing the sound or action of a zap. n. 1 (context colloquial English) A sound made by a sudden release of electricity or some similar energy. 2 (context colloquial English) An electrical shock. vb. 1 To make a zapping sound. 2 To use a remote control to repeatedly change channels on a television. 3 To strike (something or someone) with electricity or energy, as by shooting. 4 To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge. 5 To heat (something) in a microwave oven. 6 To delete or discard (electronic media). 7 To further energize or charge (magnetic material).

WordNet
zap
  1. v. strike suddenly and with force; "This show zaps the viewers with some shocking scenes"

  2. kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting; "in this computer game, space travellers are vaporized by aliens" [syn: vaporize]

  3. strike at with firepower or bombs; "zap the enemy" [syn: nuke, atomize, atomise]

  4. cook or heat in a microwave oven; "You can microwave the left-overs" [syn: microwave, micro-cook, nuke]

  5. [also: zapping, zapped]

Gazetteer
Zap, ND -- U.S. city in North Dakota
Population (2000): 231
Housing Units (2000): 129
Land area (2000): 1.041613 sq. miles (2.697764 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.041613 sq. miles (2.697764 sq. km)
FIPS code: 88140
Located within: North Dakota (ND), FIPS 38
Location: 47.287157 N, 101.923787 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 58580
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
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Wikipedia
ZAP (motor company)

ZAP is an American electric vehicle company that designs, produces and markets vehicles including automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, personal watercraft, hovercraft, ATVs, neighborhood electric vehicles and commercial vehicles. The name stands for Zero Air Pollution. The company headquarters are located in Santa Rosa, California.

Zap (G.I. Joe)

Zap is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's original bazooka soldier and debuted in 1982.

Zap (action)

A zap is a form of political direct action that came into use in the 1970s in the United States. Popularized by the early gay liberation group Gay Activists Alliance, a zap was a raucous public demonstration designed to embarrass a public figure or celebrity while calling the attention of both gays and straights to issues of LGBT rights.

Although American homophile organizations had engaged in public demonstrations as early as 1959, these demonstrations tended to be peaceful picket lines. Following the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the flashpoint of the modern gay liberation movement, younger, more radical gay activists were less interested in the staid tactics of the previous generation. Zaps targeted politicians and other public figures and many addressed the portrayal of gay people in the popular media. LGBT and AIDS activist groups continued to use zap-like tactics into the 1990s and beyond.

ZAP (satellite television)

ZAP is a digital satellite television provider mainly for Portuguese speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa. ZAP launched in Angola in 2010, providing a subscription based TV service covering the sub-Saharan countries to south of Angola. ZAP operates from the Eutelsat W7 satellite, placed over Africa at 36,0 degrees East, broadcasting in DVB-S2 in five transponders with MPEG-4 compression and Nagravision encryption.

ZAP provides an unprecedented number of Portuguese-language channels for a region where Portuguese-speaking African countries account for more than 40 million people.

In order to subscribe to ZAP's television service a subscriber can use either one of the two available decoders. The "HD+" decodes the encrypted signal, provides an Electronic Programming Guide, High Definition image and 5.1 stereo sound. The "HD+DVR" decoder provides the additional functionality of Digital Video Recorder.

Usage examples of "zap".

If I expected to score by betting on fighters and football teams that had been doped with ZAP, I needed Bobby because he knew bookies all over , the country and could cobble up a giant swindle.

Amoxicillin, erythromycin, tetracycline--anything to zap those little cocci boogers?

Thomas Lunan zapped the electronic gizmo and drove the Jaguar into its garage.

And World War Two was a kicky little war, especially in the desert, where everybody observed the Geneva Convention and exchanged prisoners and let the Red Cross zap about with parcels and a post office.

For apparently, when I pulled the lever to introduce the power surge, a goodly portion of the orgone from the toga party streamed through his wires and zapped him a half-mile away.

The burrs flew from him like zapping wiggles, leaving little vapor trails behind.

Holes were appearing in the nest, and their zapping spread out in all directions.

Xavier had evidently traveled through this region and had no fear of it, so his zapping must be effective.

The wiggles were zapping thickly out from the nest, preventing Stanley from moving to the side.

There was a haze around it, which Ivy realized was actually the mass of wiggles hovering in the region, before zapping on outward.

But the wiggles were zapping so thickly that the people could not reach the nest.

Already the wriggles were zapping by close on the left, forcing Hugo and Ivy to squeeze to the right.

Bascombe ignored the noise and strode forward over the waterlogged ground, zapping away.

One of them began zapping away prissily in our wake as the gate swung wide and we passed through onto the paved apron, sterilizing the organic matter our yaga had tracked into the compound.

Zap and you have cancer of the cervix, rotting ovaries, one of those female things, and it metastasizes overnight and you come apart, turning into a puddle of stinking fluids in the county hospital.