To snap back
Snap Snap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snapping}.] [LG. or D. snappen to snap up, to snatch; akin to G. schnappen, MHG. snaben, Dan. snappe, and to D. snavel beak, bill. Cf. {Neb}, {Snaffle}, n.] 1. To break at once; to break short, as substances that are brittle. [1913 Webster]

Breaks the doors open, snaps the locks. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. To strike, to hit, or to shut, with a sharp sound. [1913 Webster]

3. To bite or seize suddenly, especially with the teeth. [1913 Webster]

He, by playing too often at the mouth of death, has been snapped by it at last. --South. [1913 Webster]

4. To break upon suddenly with sharp, angry words; to treat snappishly; -- usually with up. --Granville. [1913 Webster]

5. To crack; to cause to make a sharp, cracking noise; as, to snap a whip. [1913 Webster]

MacMorian snapped his fingers repeatedly. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

6. To project with a snap. [1913 Webster]

7. (Cricket) To catch out sharply (a batsman who has just snicked a bowled ball). [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To snap back} (Football), to roll the ball back with the foot; -- done only by the center rush, who thus delivers the ball to the quarter back on his own side when both sides are ranged in line.

{To snap off}. (a) To break suddenly. (b) To bite off suddenly. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • To snap off — Snap Snap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snapping}.] [LG. or D. snappen to snap up, to snatch; akin to G. schnappen, MHG. snaben, Dan. snappe, and to D. snavel beak, bill. Cf. {Neb}, {Snaffle}, n.] 1. To break at once; to break… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Snap back — Snap Snap, n. [Cf. D. snap a snatching. See {Snap}, v. t.] 1. A sudden breaking or rupture of any substance. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden, eager bite; a sudden seizing, or effort to seize, as with the teeth. [1913 Webster] 3. A sudden, sharp motion …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snap|back — «SNAP BAK», noun. 1. U.S. Informal. a snapping back to a former or normal condition; bounceback. 2. Football. a) the passing back of the ball which puts it in play; snap. b) center …   Useful english dictionary

  • snap back — UK US snap back Phrasal Verb with snap({{}}/snæp/ verb [T] ( pp ) ► [I] to quickly return to a previous condition: snap back from sth »The market snapped back last week from its free fall. »The Dow Jones Industrial Average, down more than 37 in… …   Financial and business terms

  • snap back — verb recover quickly After the surgery, the patient snapped back in a few days • Hypernyms: ↑recuperate, ↑recover, ↑convalesce • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * intransitive verb …   Useful english dictionary

  • snap back — intransitive verb Date: 1945 to make a quick or vigorous recovery …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • snap back — make a quick recovery, make a sudden rebound; (Football) pass the ball backward through the legs (usually to the quarterback) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Snap — Snap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snapped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Snapping}.] [LG. or D. snappen to snap up, to snatch; akin to G. schnappen, MHG. snaben, Dan. snappe, and to D. snavel beak, bill. Cf. {Neb}, {Snaffle}, n.] 1. To break at once; to break short …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Snap — Snap, n. [Cf. D. snap a snatching. See {Snap}, v. t.] 1. A sudden breaking or rupture of any substance. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden, eager bite; a sudden seizing, or effort to seize, as with the teeth. [1913 Webster] 3. A sudden, sharp motion or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Snap beetle — Snap Snap, n. [Cf. D. snap a snatching. See {Snap}, v. t.] 1. A sudden breaking or rupture of any substance. [1913 Webster] 2. A sudden, eager bite; a sudden seizing, or effort to seize, as with the teeth. [1913 Webster] 3. A sudden, sharp motion …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”