- to kill or shoot.
- to attack, defeat, or destroy with sudden speed and force.
- to bombard with electrical current, radiation, laser beams, etc.
- to strike or jolt suddenly and forcefully.
- to cook in a microwave oven.
- to skip over or delete (TV commercials), as by switching channels or pushing a fast-forward button on a playback device: We recorded the show on our VCR but zapped all the commercials.
- to add a sudden infusion of energy, verve, color, attractiveness, or the like (often followed by up): just the thing to zap up your spring wardrobe.
- to move quickly, forcefully, or destructively: high-voltage currents zapping overhead.
- force, energy, or drive; zip.
- a jolt or charge, as or as if of electricity.
- a forceful and sudden blow, hit, or attack.
- any method of political activism, usually of a disruptive nature.
Origin of zap
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Contemporary Examples of zapped
This perfect persona Lopez has created has zapped her of much of her relatability, especially in her music.Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music?
June 17, 2014
The Avengers zapped the school with a marching band, with the women singing “Oh when the dykes come marching in.”Tick-Tock: The Explosive Power of the Lesbian Avengers
March 22, 2014
Usually, it is Republicans who get zapped by stepping on the “third rail” of Social Security.Barack Obama’s Herbert Hoover Budget a Political Boon for Republicans
April 12, 2013
A boy named Andy Maguire is zapped with high-energy “Parker Particles,” and a new hero is born—Alpha.Grandpa in Tights: Spider-Man Hits Middle Age
August 26, 2012
Most can be removed surgically, or zapped with an intense blast of radiation to stop their growth.Sheryl Crow’s Meningioma, an Exceedingly Common Brain Tumor
June 6, 2012
- (tr) to attack, kill, or destroy, as with a sudden bombardment
- (intr) to move quickly; rush
- (tr) computing
- to clear from the screen
- to erase
- (intr) television to change channels rapidly by remote control
- energy, vigour, or pep
- an exclamation used to express sudden or swift action
Word Origin for zap
1929 as a sound, 1942 as a verb, comic strip word (especially from "Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century"), of imitative origin. Meaning "to erase electronically" is 1982. Related: Zapped; zapping.