to bombard with electrical current, radiation, laser beams, etc.: The military has unsuccessfully tried using airborne lasers to zap missiles early in their flight.
to attack, defeat, kill, or destroy with sudden speed and force: Late frost can zap tender fruit buds.Real magic is not about wizards zapping each other with spells.
to cook or heat in a microwave oven: This coffee is almost cold—could you zap it for 30 seconds?
to shoot or send rapidly: If you're in the neighborhood, zap me a text and come by!Some of his more complex arguments were not easy to zap into a sound bite.
to skip over or delete (commercials on TV or radio) in recording or playing back a program:Digital recorders able to zap commercials made things harder for the advertising industry.
to move quickly, forcefully, or destructively: Thoughts are like electric currents zapping through your mind. It used to be my childhood dream to zap around in a fast car like that.
a jolt or charge of or as if of electricity: A wire shorted out and he got a zap from his microphone. These fresh-cut fries have a hint of zesty lime and a zap of tequila.
an act or period of microwaving: We sell prepackaged foods that require only a zap in the microwave to make them table-ready.
a forceful and sudden blow, hit, or attack: This game character can kill minions and goblins with a zap even after he dies.
any method of political activism, usually of a disruptive nature: A gay rights group organized a zap of the restaurant to push for removal of its offensive sign.
force, energy, or drive; zip: Their stew is a bit dull, but the steak chili soup packs much more zap and one heck of a lot of meat.
zap up, to add a sudden infusion of energy, verve, color, attractiveness, or the like: This bright skirt is just the thing to zap up your spring wardrobe.
- zap·per, noun
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How to use zap in a sentence
Those never-ending worries about your finances or job could be zapping your energy.10 Reasons You’re Exhausted and What to Do About It | DailyBurn | April 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The hybrid nature of the project ended up zapping the energy from both worlds—film and live theater—rather than combining them.‘Sound of Music Live!’ Review: The Hills Are Barely Alive | Kevin Fallon | December 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The new GOP vice presidential candidate is just as zealous about zapping body fat as he is about slicing government spending.
I had saline mixed with Lidocaine pumped into my face to constrict my blood vessels and numb me so I could endure the zapping.Hey, Ashley Judd: I’m Puffy From Cosmetic Surgery—And Proud of It | Samantha Marshall | April 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for zap
(tr) to attack, kill, or destroy, as with a sudden bombardment
(intr) to move quickly; rush
to clear from the screen
(intr) television to change channels rapidly by remote control
energy, vigour, or pep
an exclamation used to express sudden or swift action
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