Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To strike (an object or target) with a beam of energy, an electric current, or supernatural power.
  • intransitive verb To expose to radiation, as to cook or examine.
  • intransitive verb In science fiction and fantasy, to transport (a person or thing) into another place or time instantaneously, as with an energy beam.
  • intransitive verb To destroy or kill.
  • intransitive verb To deplete or obliterate.
  • intransitive verb To have a sudden and powerful effect on.
  • intransitive verb To move swiftly; zoom.
  • intransitive verb To use a remote control to turn a television set on or off or to switch channels.
  • noun A burst or beam of energy, electric current, or other power.
  • noun A sudden and powerful effect.
  • interjection Used to indicate a sudden occurrence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb to shoot, destroy, or inactivate.
  • transitive verb to bomb with an atomic bomb.
  • transitive verb to cook or heat in a microwave oven.
  • transitive verb to subject to radiation, a laser beam, a strong electric current, or other potentially destructive treatment.
  • transitive verb to skip over (e. g. a commercial or dull interval in a television program) by using the fast-forward button on a VCR remove control.
  • transitive verb to add interest, color, or attractiveness to; to liven; -- usually used with up.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun colloquial A sound made by a sudden release of electricity or some similar energy.
  • noun colloquial An electrical shock.
  • verb To make a zapping sound.
  • verb To use a remote control to repeatedly change channels on a television.
  • verb To strike (something or someone) with electricity or energy, as by shooting.
  • verb To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.
  • verb To heat (something) in a microwave oven.
  • verb To delete or discard (electronic media).
  • verb To further energize or charge (magnetic material).
  • interjection Representing the sound or action of a zap.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cook or heat in a microwave oven
  • noun a sudden event that imparts energy or excitement, usually with a dramatic impact
  • verb strike at with firepower or bombs
  • verb strike suddenly and with force
  • verb kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative.]

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onomatopoeic

Examples

  • And when such a zap is administered to an unsuspecting, coin-bearing beverage-seeker, a funny thing happens -- dozens of teeny plastic light-up ray guns in the box simultaneously fire a deafening cacophony of BEEYOOO BEEYOOO PATOW PATOW BEEYOOO!

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  • An incontrovertible supply of bang and zap is important.

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  • An incontrovertible supply of bang and zap is important.

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  • Their data does not shed much light on the early code, consisting of prebiotically available amino acids-the kind generated in Stanley Miller's famous "zap" - experiment.

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  • Their data does not shed much light on the early code, consisting of prebiotically available amino acids-the kind generated in Stanley Miller's famous "zap" - experiment.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • Their data does not shed much light on the early code, consisting of prebiotically available amino acids-the kind generated in Stanley Miller's famous "zap" - experiment.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • Their data does not shed much light on the early code, consisting of prebiotically available amino acids-the kind generated in Stanley Miller's famous "zap" - experiment.

    Newswise: Latest News

  • Their data does not shed much light on the early code, consisting of prebiotically available amino acids-the kind generated in Stanley Miller's famous "zap" - experiment.

    RedOrbit News - Technology

  • Their data does not shed much light on the early code, consisting of prebiotically available amino acids-the kind generated in Stanley Miller's famous "zap" - experiment.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • We also should recognize SF as the source of zap, which is used as noun, verb, and interjection to indicate ` sudden power '(n.), to ` kill in a burst' (v.), or the ` sound effect for sudden destruction '

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 4

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  • This word brings back memories of ACT UP.

    November 24, 2011