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zap

Syllabification: zap
informal

Definition of zap in English:

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.
2 [with object] Cause to move suddenly and rapidly in a specified direction: the boat zapped us up river
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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] Move suddenly and rapidly, especially between television channels or sections of videotape by use of a remote control: 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.
3 [with object] Cook or warm (food or a hot drink) in a microwave oven.
Example sentences
  • More people are taking the time to prepare food in their own homes, or enjoying a leisurely restaurant meal instead of taking the fast food option or zapping something in the microwave.
  • The bonus with low-fat sausages is that many are precooked and browned for convenience, so you can easily zap them in a microwave for a quick breakfast addition.
  • I put ice in the microwave, zapped it for two minutes, and voila.
Synonyms

noun

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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.

Origin

1920s (originally US): imitative.

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