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1920s, American English, of imitative origin.
zap (plural zaps)
- (colloquial) A sound made by a sudden release of electricity or some similar energy.
- (colloquial) An electric shock.
- You might feel a little zap touching a metal doorknob when the air is dry.
- 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.
- (slang) The act of heating something in a microwave oven.
- 2015, Thomas E. Johnson, West Meets East in Kazakhstan:
- The guest immediately asked the bartender to give his drink a zap in the microwave oven behind him […]
- (intransitive) To make a zap sound.
- To use a remote control to repeatedly change channels on a television.
- To strike (something or someone) with electricity or energy, as by shooting.
- They spent the whole movie zapping bad guys into oblivion.
- (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. […]
- (slang, transitive) To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.
- I think they zapped the processor.
- (slang, transitive) To heat (something) in a microwave oven.
- If it's not warm in the middle; zap it some more.
- (slang, transitive) To delete or discard (electronic media).
- They zapped a lot of files before realizing they had not backed up lately.
- (slang, transitive) To further energize or charge (magnetic material).
- They zapped my motor's magnets.
- (Singapore, informal, transitive) To photocopy.
- 2004 October 19, Kevin & Lily Shepherdson, “Digital Life”, in The Straits Times, Singapore, page 16:
- Got to go and zap this document now.
- To participate in a zap (protest) against.
- 1976 April 3, 'A. Nolder Gay', “The View From The Closet”, in Gay Community News, page 16:
- We are periodically assailed with appeals to help block this or censor that or zap the other media presentation which one or other of us thinks (often with justice) is injurious to gays or others.
make a zapping sound
change channels repeatedly
damage with electrostatic discharge
- Representing the sound or action of a zap.
- Then the computer went zap and I lost all my work.
- 1975, Rennie Ellis, editors, Australian Graffiti, page :
- Zap is a comic-book hero - Zap! Powie! Kazoom!; why have you retired, Zap, when we need you so much?
From the last part of "WhatsApp".
- WhatsApp (a messaging service)
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- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 80