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.
  • 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.
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    • 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.


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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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