verb (used without object), snapped, snap·ping.
verb (used with object), snapped, snap·ping.
- to come to attention: The troops snapped to when the colonel walked in.
- to shape up: If you don't snap to and study, you'll flunk the course.
Origin of snap
Related formssnap·less, adjectivesnap·pa·ble, adjectivesnap·ping·ly, adverb
Can be confusedschnapps snaps
Examples from the Web for snapping
They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.
An absurd new app employs sounds and pictures to con babies into snapping their own headshots.Introducing the Internet’s New Bundle of Joy: The Baby Selfie|Charlotte Lytton|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Hoyt would give you the base of her palm against your forehead very hard, snapping a few small bones in your neck.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview|Alex Belth|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A line of five America flags was snapping in the icy wind outside the rental office.In New Jersey, There’s No Exit for Chris Christie’s Bridge Trolls|Michael Daly|January 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He carried it everywhere, snapping photos of nearly everything and everyone he encountered.Giancarlo Giammetti’s Private Life Captured in “Private GG”|Erin Cunningham|October 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I can't seem to let it go to you—as though when I mail it I am snapping one more bond that still seems to hold us together.Athalie|Robert W. Chambers
The guitar was the music, with the usual accompaniments of singing, and snapping the fingers during the dance.A Five Years' Residence in Buenos Ayres|George Thomas Love
Minx rode horseback as before, while Spot went afoot, jumping and barking, and snapping up a mouthful of snow every few minutes.
The coyote doubled to evade the snapping jaws of the foremost dog, and as he turned another struck him.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
With a slide that would have done credit to any baseball player, the entomologist catapulted on his chest past the snapping peril.The Raid on the Termites|Paul Ernst
British Dictionary definitions for snapping
verb snaps, snapping or snapped
- to dismiss with contempt
- to defy
- cards the word called while playing snap
- an exclamation used to draw attention to the similarity of two things