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English noun: snap

1. snap (act) the act of catching an object with the hands

SamplesMays 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.

Synonymscatch, grab, snatch

Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

Narrower (hyponym)fair catch, interception, interlock, interlocking, mesh, meshing, rebound, reception, shoestring catch

2. snap (time) a spell of cold weather

SamplesA cold snap in the middle of May.

Broader (hypernym)patch, piece, spell, while

3. snap (food) tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections

Synonymssnap bean

Broader (hypernym)green bean

4. snap (food) a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger

Synonymsginger nut, ginger snap, gingersnap

Broader (hypernym)biscuit, cookie, cooky

Narrower (hyponym)brandysnap

5. snap (event) the noise produced by the rapid movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand

SamplesServants appeared at the snap of his fingers.

Broader (hypernym)noise

6. snap (event) a sudden sharp noise

SamplesThe crack of a whip.
He heard the cracking of the ice.
He can hear the snap of a twig.

Synonymscrack, cracking

Broader (hypernym)noise

7. snap (event) a sudden breaking

Broader (hypernym)break

8. snap (attribute) the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

SamplesThe waistband had lost its snap.


Broader (hypernym)physical property

Narrower (hyponym)bounce, bounciness, elasticity of shear, give, resilience, resiliency, spring, springiness, stretch, stretchability, stretchiness, temper, toughness


9. snap (artifact) an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera

SamplesMy snapshots haven't been developed yet.
He tried to get unposed shots of his friends.

Synonymsshot, snapshot

Broader (hypernym)exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture

10. snap (artifact) a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound

SamplesChildren can manage snaps better than buttons.

Synonymspress stud, snap fastener

Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

11. snap (act) any undertaking that is easy to do

SamplesMarketing this product will be no picnic.

Synonymsbreeze, child's play, cinch, duck soup, picnic, piece of cake, pushover, walkover

Broader (hypernym)labor, project, task, undertaking

Narrower (hyponym)doddle

12. snap (act) the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand

SamplesHe gave his fingers a snap.

Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

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

SamplesThe quarterback fumbled the snap.


Broader (hypernym)flip, pass, toss

Domain categoryAmerican football, American football game

English verb: snap

1. snap (communication) utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

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

ExamplesThey snap that there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

2. snap (contact) separate or cause to separate abruptly

SamplesThe rope snapped.
Tear the paper.

ExamplesThe ropes snap, The strong winds snap the rope

Synonymsbust, rupture, tear

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disunite, divide, part, separate

Narrower (hyponym)lacerate, pull, rend, rip, rip up, rive, shred, tear up

3. snap (change) break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension

SamplesThe pipe snapped.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break, come apart, fall apart, separate, split up

4. snap (motion) move or strike with a noise

SamplesHe clicked on the light.
His arm was snapped forward.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

5. snap (change) close with a snapping motion

SamplesThe lock snapped shut.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)close, shut

6. snap (perception) make a sharp sound

SamplesHis fingers snapped.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

7. snap (motion) move with a snapping sound

SamplesBullets snapped past us.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)move

8. snap (contact) to grasp hastily or eagerly

SamplesBefore I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone.

Synonymssnatch, snatch up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

Narrower (hyponym)swoop, swoop up

9. snap (contact) put in play with a snap

SamplesSnap a football.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit

10. snap (contact) cause to make a snapping sound

SamplesSnap your fingers.

Synonymsclick, flick

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

11. snap (emotion) lose control of one's emotions

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

Synonymsbreak down, lose it

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

Narrower (hyponym)die, dissolve, fall apart, go to pieces

12. snap (contact) bring the jaws together

SamplesHe snapped indignantly.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)bite, seize with teeth

13. snap (communication) record on photographic film

SamplesI photographed the scene of the accident.
She snapped a picture of the President.

Synonymsphotograph, shoot

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)enter, put down, record

Narrower (hyponym)retake, x-ray

Verb groupfilm, shoot, take

Domain categoryphotography, picture taking

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