zap

[zap]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


Origin of zap

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; imitative
Related formszap·per, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for zapper

zap

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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Word Origin and History for zapper

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.

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