Definition of zap in English:


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verb (zaps, zapping, zapped)

1 [with object] Destroy or obliterate: zap the enemy’s artillery before it can damage your core units it’s vital to zap stress fast
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  • It's heaped full of chlorophyll, which zaps halitosis fast.
  • Science has wiped out many killer diseases and may soon zap the rest.
  • You need to have top-flight shooting skills to zap the constantly moving targets that are your enemy.
2Move or cause to move suddenly and rapidly: [no object, with adverbial of direction]: racing cars zapped past us on the track below
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  • I sat there watching the chat screen zapping up past me, just about going crosseyed trying to read it all.
  • A bolt of (cheaply superimposed) energy zaps past him.
  • The awareness of what was occurring zapped through me, and suddenly I was snapped back into my body as if I'd been shot from a slingshot.
2.1 [no object] Use a remote control to change television channels or operate a video recorder or other piece of electronic equipment: video recorders mean the audience will zap through the ads
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  • No one is obliged to watch television and you can always zap between channels.
  • Several talk of how they used to zap to another channel whenever politics came on television.
  • I had nothing to do the night before a game and I was zapping between the channels.


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A sudden effect or event that makes a dramatic impact, especially a sudden burst of energy or sound: the eggs get an extra zap of UV light
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  • A zap sound ended the vision and then he was left with Ami.
  • He insists he is not clairvoyant as a result of the zap.
  • The spells make the appropriate zaps and sizzles, the explosions sound good, and the clanging of weapons on armor are realistic.


1920s (originally US): imitative.

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