• Snapping the fingers. Neapolitan
    Snapping the fingers. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v snap break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension "The pipe snapped"
    • v snap close with a snapping motion "The lock snapped shut"
    • v snap utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer","The guard snarled at us"
    • v snap record on photographic film "I photographed the scene of the accident","She snapped a picture of the President"
    • v snap cause to make a snapping sound "snap your fingers"
    • v snap put in play with a snap "snap a football"
    • v snap to grasp hastily or eagerly "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"
    • v snap bring the jaws together "he snapped indignantly"
    • v snap separate or cause to separate abruptly "The rope snapped","tear the paper"
    • v snap 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"
    • v snap move or strike with a noise "he clicked on the light","his arm was snapped forward"
    • v snap move with a snapping sound "bullets snapped past us"
    • v snap make a sharp sound "his fingers snapped"
    • n snap (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back "the quarterback fumbled the snap"
    • n snap 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"
    • n snap 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"
    • n snap any undertaking that is easy to do "marketing this product will be no picnic"
    • n snap a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound "children can manage snaps better than buttons"
    • n snap 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"
    • n snap the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed "the waistband had lost its snap"
    • n snap a sudden breaking
    • n snap a sudden sharp noise "the crack of a whip","he heard the cracking of the ice","he can hear the snap of a twig"
    • n snap 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"
    • n snap a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger
    • n snap tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections
    • n snap a spell of cold weather "a cold snap in the middle of May"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Snapping the ball with Lewis Snapping the ball with Lewis
Blacktail deer snapped with a background of snow Blacktail deer snapped with a background of snow
Snapped off her nose Snapped off her nose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Police detectives have used snapping turtles to help them locate dead bodies
    • Snap A greedy fellow.
    • Snap A sharp, abrupt sound, as that made by the crack of a whip; as, the snap of the trigger of a gun.
    • Snap 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.
    • Snap (Zoöl) A snap beetle.
    • Snap A snap shot with a firearm.
    • Snap (Photog) A snapshot.
    • Snap A sudden breaking or rupture of any substance.
    • Snap A sudden severe interval or spell; -- applied to the weather; as, a cold snap .
    • Snap A sudden, eager bite; a sudden seizing, or effort to seize, as with the teeth.
    • Snap A sudden, sharp motion or blow, as with the finger sprung from the thumb, or the thumb from the finger.
    • Snap A thin, crisp cake, usually small, and flavored with ginger; -- used chiefly in the plural.
    • Snap Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained.
    • Snap 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.
    • Snap Briskness; vigor; energy; decision.
    • a Snap Done, performed, made, executed, carried through, or the like, quickly and without deliberation; as, a snap judgment or decision; a snap political convention.
    • Snap Of the eyes, to emit sudden, brief sparkles like those of a snapping fire, as sometimes in anger.
    • Snap Something of no value; as, not worth a snap .
    • Snap 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."
    • Snap (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 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."
    • Snap To break at once; to break short, as substances that are brittle. "Breaks the doors open, snaps the locks."
    • Snap 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."
    • Snap To break upon suddenly with sharp, angry words; to treat snappishly; -- usually with up.
    • Snap (Cricket) To catch out sharply (a batsman who has just snicked a bowled ball).
    • Snap To crack; to cause to make a sharp, cracking noise; as, to snap a whip. "MacMorian snapped his fingers repeatedly."
    • Snap To give forth, or produce, a sharp, cracking noise; to crack; as, blazing firewood snaps .
    • Snap 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.
    • Snap To miss fire; as, the gun snapped .
    • Snap To project with a snap.
    • Snap To strike, to hit, or to shut, with a sharp sound.
    • Snap To utter sharp, harsh, angry words; -- often with at; as, to snap at a child.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Crocodiles can snap their jaws in 1/8th of a second and can use over 40 sets of teeth
    • snap To snatch; take or catch unexpectedly with or as with a snapping movement or sound; hence, to steal.
    • snap To bite or seize suddenly with the teeth.
    • snap To interrupt or break in upon suddenly with sharp, angry words: often with up.
    • snap To shut with a sharp sound; operate (something which produces a sharp snapping sound when it acts); cause to make a sharp sound by shutting, opening, exploding, etc: as, to snap a percussion-cap; to snap the lid of a box.
    • snap To break sharply, as some tough or brittle object; break short; break with a sharp cracking sound: as, to snap a string or a buckle.
    • snap To make a sharp sound with; crack: as, to snap a whip.
    • snap To take an instantaneous photograph of, especially with a detective camera or hand-camera.
    • snap To bite off suddenly: often used humorously to express a sudden attack with sharp or angry words: as, speak quietly, don't snap my head off.
    • snap To make a snatch; do anything hastily; especially, to catch eagerly at a proposal, offer, or opportunity; accept gladly and promptly: with at: as, to snap at the chance.
    • snap To make an effort to bite; aim to seize with the teeth: usually with at.
    • snap To utter sharp, harsh, or petulant words: usually with at.
    • snap To break short; part asunder suddenly, as a brittle or tense object.
    • snap To emit a sharp cracking or crackling sound.
    • snap To appear as if flashing, as with fire; flash.
    • n snap A snatch; that which is caught, by a snatch or grasp; a catch.
    • n snap An eager bite; a sudden seizing or effort to seize? as with the teeth: as, the snap of a dog.
    • n snap A slight or hurried repast; a snack.
    • n snap A sudden breaking or parting of something brittle or tense: as, the snap of glass.
    • n snap A sharp cracking sound; a crack: as, the snap of a whip.
    • n snap The spring-catch of a purse, reticule, book-clasp, bracelet, and the like; also, a snap-hook and a top-snap.
    • n snap A snap-bug or snapping-beetle.
    • n snap A crisp kind of gingerbread nut or small cake; a ginger-snap.
    • n snap Crispness; pithiness; epigrammatic force: said of verbal expression.
    • n snap Vigor; energy; briskness; life: as, the heat took all the snap out of me.
    • n snap A position, piece of work, etc., that is pleasant, easy, and remunerative.
    • n snap A brief engagement.
    • n snap An ear-ring: so called from being snapped or clasped with a spring-catch.
    • n snap A sharper; a cheat; a knavish fellow.
    • n snap In music, same as Scotch snap (which see, under Scotch).
    • n snap A glass-molding tool, used for shaping the feet of goblets, and similar work.
    • n snap A riveters' tool for finishing the heads of rivets symmetrically.
    • n snap An oyster of the most inferior quality marketable.
    • n snap Same as cloyer.
    • n snap The act of taking an instantaneous photograph with a camera.
    • snap Sadden or quick, like a snap; done, made, etc., hastily, on the spur of the moment, or without preparation.
    • snap In cricket: To snatch at instead of waiting for (the ball).
    • snap To catch (a batsman) out: said of the wicket-keeper.
    • snap To pick without releasing from the husk: said of the ears of maize: as, a crib of snapped corn. Compare slip-shuck.
    • n snap A temporary banking game: as, to deal a snap at faro.
    • n snap Same as snap-bean.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scorpions can be killed by pouring vinegar over them. They'll 'snap' and sting themself.
    • v.t Snap snap to break short or at once: to bite, or catch at suddenly: to crack: to interrupt sharply (often with up): to shut with a sharp sound: to take an instantaneous photograph of, esp. with a hand camera
    • v.i Snap to break short: to try to bite: to utter sharp words (with at): to flash:—pr.p. snap′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. snapped
    • n Snap act of snapping, or the noise made by it: a small catch or lock: a hasty repast, a snack: a crack, the spring-catch of a bracelet, &c., an earring: a crisp kind of gingerbread nut or cake: crispness, pithiness, epigrammatic point or force: vigour, energy:
    • adj Snap sudden, unpremeditated, without preparation
    • n Snap (slang) a brief theatrical engagement, an easy and profitable place or task: a sharper, a cheat: a riveter's tool, also a glass-moulder's tool: the act of taking a snapshot
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  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “A sudden violent jolt of it has been known to stop the victim's watch, snap his suspenders and crack his glass eye right across.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)


In literature:

For some time after the head was cut off it would snap at everything near it.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
Collins grunted with surprise and for a space of five seconds his brain refused to function with its usual snap.
"The Yellow Horde" by Hal G. Evarts
I'm going to turn Snap loose when we get to our outer gate, and hit him a crack with my switch and start him toward home.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
Scroggs bit him off with a voice that sounded like a terrier snapping at a fly.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Mr. Newmark's snap method here stood him in good stead.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
A tawny fury sprang in the air to snap at the horse's head.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
If the gentleman disapproved of Snap's conduct, he still less liked the continual snapping of the Skratdj family themselves.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
These mandibles snapped firm hold of the victim at the base of its wriggling tail.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
There came the peculiar snap-snap of the carbons as the power came on.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
The fact is, there are no business snaps lying around loose.
"The Making of Bobby Burnit" by George Randolph Chester

In poetry:

Snap in twain your fetters,
Cleave your ancient yoke,
Burst the gloom of ages
With the lightning stroke.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
I hang my harp upon a tree,
A weeping willow in a lake;
I hang my silent harp there, wrung and snapped
For a dream's sake.
"Mirage" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
In her furnace, the centuries had welded
Their fetter and chain;
And like withes, in the hands of his purpose,
He snapped them in twain.
"Abraham Lincoln" by Phoebe Cary
And swift his scarlet wings I tear;
Seeking to soar, with hope divine,
I frantically beat the air,
And crash to earth and - snap my spine.
"Frustration" by Robert W Service
An idle thought perchance to think,
And yet the pity of it seems
The man should rise and snap the link
And strike the boy from out his dreams.
"A Day Dream On The Rail" by Alexander Anderson
The young moon in a trance she holds
Captive in clouds of orchard bloom,
She snaps her fingers at the grave,
And laughs into the face of doom.
"April" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

"We'd better snap it up, or we're going to get really wet".
The A&M Consolidated Tigers went on the road Friday night and snapped Lake Travis' 25-game winning streak with a 30-28 upset at Lake Travis ISD Stadium.
The belt's forged edges will not break, snag or snap off during production.
Take their child to the State Fair of Texas every year and snap his picture in front of the 52-foot-tall cowboy.
Packing the old-time taste of a "Mom and Pop" country store , they bake up in a snap without leaving home.
Snap, Crackle & Pop Shrimp.
Snap, Crackle & Pop Shrimp Recipe Recipe.
Brad Friedel started over Hugo Lloris after his Premier League streak was snapped.
A Jacksonville toddler is back home from Arkansas Children's Hospital after snapping out of a coma hours after he swallowed beads from a toxic toy set imported from China.
Demetrius Daniel combines spoken-word performances--vibrant, original verse--with trombone riffs, snapping and singing.
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — Authorities in Lorain are sharing images they snapped of the conditions inside a home on Long Avenue that led to a woman's seven children being taken from her.
Once in a while, something snaps.
Brad Snaps On Set Of Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut.
Check out how this high school defensive back intercepted the snap of the football and returned it for a touchdown.
Yes, I said the snap of the football.

In science:

Meanwhile Gleiser and Pullin have independently found a special case of eq.(1) which results from the choice of an exponential for the warp function and gave its correct interpretation as the radiation accompanying the snapping of a straight, infinitely long cosmic string.
Impulsive spherical gravitational waves
They have also discussed the relationship of impulsive spherical wave solutions to collision and snapping of cosmic strings . A different approach to the collision problem was proposed by Tod .
Impulsive spherical gravitational waves
In our case the physical interpretation of the impulsive spherical wave metrics requires a cosmic string that has already snapped and is acting as the source of the radiation.
Impulsive spherical gravitational waves
It will be useful to recall some properties of the Schwarzian derivative because they play an important role in the physical interpretation of the metric (1) as the radiation accompanying the snapping of a cosmic string.
Impulsive spherical gravitational waves
The relationship between the impulsive spherical gravitational wave and snapping cosmic string is related to the local behaviour of the Schwarzian.
Impulsive spherical gravitational waves