zap

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /zæp/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æp

Noun[edit]

zap (plural zaps)

  1. (colloquial) A sound made by a sudden release of electricity or some similar energy.
  2. (colloquial) An electric shock.
    You might feel a little zap touching a metal doorknob when the air is dry.
  3. A raucous public demonstration designed to embarrass a public figure or celebrity as a form of political activism.
    • 1998, Raymond A. Smith, Encyclopedia of AIDS
      Black AIDS activists were caught in the middle of a nearly yearlong series of zaps.
    • 2011, Michael Schiavi, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo (page 84)
      When a zap at Brooklyn's Board of Education opened no dialogue on discrimination suffered by gay teachers, GAA targeted the BOE offices on April 13.

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Verb[edit]

zap (third-person singular simple present zaps, present participle zapping, simple past and past participle zapped)

  1. To make a zapping sound.
  2. To use a remote control to repeatedly change channels on a television.
  3. To strike (something or someone) with electricity or energy, as by shooting.
    They spent the whole movie zapping bad guys into oblivion.
  4. (US, military, slang, transitive) To kill; to eliminate.
    • 1966, U.S. News & World Report (volume 61, page 32)
      Says a U. S. officer: "We zapped the enemy, now we intend to stick around. []
  5. To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.
    I think they zapped the processor.
  6. To heat (something) in a microwave oven.
    If it's not warm in the middle; zap it some more.
  7. To delete or discard (electronic media).
    They zapped a lot of files before realizing they had not backed up lately.
  8. To further energize or charge (magnetic material).
    They zapped my motor's magnets.

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Interjection[edit]

zap!

  1. Representing the sound or action of a zap.
    Then the computer went zap and I lost all my work.

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Verb[edit]

zap

  1. first-person singular present indicative of zappen
  2. imperative of zappen