Definition of "zap" [zap]

  • (verb-transitive) To destroy or kill with a burst of gunfire, flame, or electric current.
  • (verb-transitive) To kill or destroy as if by shooting.
  • (verb-transitive) To strike suddenly and forcefully as if with a projectile or weapon: "His . . . narrative runs marvelously on and on, zapping the reader with often surprising and . . . painful glimpses” ( Publishers Weekly).
  • (verb-transitive) To expose to radiation; irradiate: "perfect for those who can't bring themselves to zap food in a microwave” ( John F. Mariani).
  • (verb-transitive) To attack (an enemy) with heavy firepower; strafe or bombard.

Use "zap" in a sentence

  • "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!"
  • "An incontrovertible supply of bang and zap is important."
  • "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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