from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To grasp or seize hastily, eagerly, or suddenly.
- transitive v. Sports To raise (a weight) in one quick, uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
- transitive v. To grasp or seize illicitly.
- intransitive v. To make grasping or seizing motions: snatched at the lamp cord.
- n. The act of snatching; a quick grasp or grab.
- n. A brief period of time: "At the end we preferred to travel all night,/Sleeping in snatches” ( T.S. Eliot).
- n. A small amount; a bit or fragment: a snatch of dialogue.
- n. Slang A kidnapping.
- n. Sports A lift in weightlifting in which the weight is raised in one uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
- n. Vulgar Slang The vulva.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To grasp quickly.
- v. To grasp and remove quickly.
- v. To steal.
- v. To take a victory at the last moment.
- v. To do something quickly due to limited time available.
- n. A quick grab or catch.
- n. A competitive weightlifting event in which a barbell is lifted from the platform to locked arms overhead in a smooth continuous movement.
- n. A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation.
- n. A vulva.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony.
- transitive v. To seize and transport away; to rap.
- intransitive v. To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch; -- often with at.
- n. A hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or attempt to seize, suddenly.
- n. A short period of vigorous action.
- n. A small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a scrap.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To seize or take hastily, eagerly, abruptly, or violently.
- Hence, figuratively To get or save by sudden or violent effort, or by good fortune.
- To seize or transport away quickly or forcibly.
- Nautical, to place the bight of (a rope) in a snatch-block so that it may lead properly.
- To seize, or attempt to seize, a thing suddenly: generally with at.
- See the quotation.
- n. A hasty catch or seizing.
- n. An attempt to seize suddenly; a sharp attack.
- n. A catching of the voice; impeded utterance.
- n. A piece snatched or broken off; a small piece or quantity; a fragment; a bit.
- n. A short fit of vigorous action: as, a snatch at weeding after a shower.
- n. A hasty repast; a snack; a bit of food.
- n. A quibble; a shuffiing answer.
- n. An open lead for a block. See snatch-block.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to grasp hastily or eagerly
- n. the act of catching an object with the hands
- n. obscene terms for female genitals
- n. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion
- v. to make grasping motions
- v. take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
- n. (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment
- n. a small fragment
Middle English snacchen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)