from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To destroy or kill with a burst of gunfire, flame, or electric current.
- transitive v. To kill or destroy as if by shooting.
- transitive v. 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).
- transitive v. To expose to radiation; irradiate: "perfect for those who can't bring themselves to zap food in a microwave” ( John F. Mariani).
- transitive v. To attack (an enemy) with heavy firepower; strafe or bombard.
- transitive v. To use a remote control device to switch (channels on a television) or to turn off (a television set).
- intransitive v. To move swiftly; zoom.
- n. Something that imparts excitement or great interest.
- interj. Used to imitate a sound made by a gun when fired.
- interj. Used to indicate a sudden occurrence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sound made by a sudden release of electricity or some similar energy.
- n. An electrical shock.
- v. To make a zapping sound.
- v. To use a remote control to repeatedly change channels on a television.
- v. To strike (something or someone) with electricity or energy, as by shooting.
- v. To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.
- v. To heat (something) in a microwave oven.
- v. To delete or discard (electronic media).
- v. To further energize or charge (magnetic material).
- interj. Representing the sound or action of a zap.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to shoot, destroy, or inactivate.
- transitive v. to bomb with an atomic bomb.
- transitive v. to cook or heat in a microwave oven.
- transitive v. to subject to radiation, a laser beam, a strong electric current, or other potentially destructive treatment.
- transitive v. 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 v. to add interest, color, or attractiveness to; to liven; -- usually used with up.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cook or heat in a microwave oven
- n. a sudden event that imparts energy or excitement, usually with a dramatic impact
- v. strike at with firepower or bombs
- v. strike suddenly and with force
- v. kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting
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.
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 '
Me thinks all that weightlessness he experienced long ago put a permanent 'zap' on his cortex ...
We would just "zap" ourselves to and from so there would be no need for a plane ride!
An electronic device designed to "zap" away migraine pain before it starts may be the next form of relief for millions of people who suffer from the debilitating disease.
About 10 years ago, I had that "zap" treatment of my nasal turbinates to improve airflow through my nose.
I recognized the need for a brain "zap" in regards to my art.
There was a kind of zap! as the leaves were disturbed, and Stile felt the presence of magic.