zap

[ zap ]
/ zæp /
Informal.

verb (used with object), zapped, zap·ping.

verb (used without object), zapped, zap·ping.

to move quickly, forcefully, or destructively: high-voltage currents zapping overhead.

noun

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Origin of zap

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; imitative

OTHER WORDS FROM zap

zapper, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for zap

zap
/ (zæp) slang /

verb zaps, zapping or zapped

(tr) to attack, kill, or destroy, as with a sudden bombardment
(intr) to move quickly; rush
(tr) computing
  1. to clear from the screen
  2. to erase
(intr) television to change channels rapidly by remote control

noun

energy, vigour, or pep

interjection

an exclamation used to express sudden or swift action

Word Origin for zap

C20: of imitative origin
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