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The Collaborative Dictionary

zap \zap\ (z[a^]p), v. t.
to shoot, destroy, or inactivate; my TV set was zapped by lightning. [PJC]
to bomb with an atomic bomb. Syn: nuke, atomize. [WordNet 1.5]
to cook or heat in a microwave oven. Syn: microwave, micro-cook, nuke. [WordNet 1.5]
to subject to radiation, a laser beam, a strong electric current, or other potentially destructive treatment. [PJC]
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. [PJC]
to add interest, color, or attractiveness to; to liven; -- usually used with up. --[RHUD] [PJC]

Word Net



1 strike suddenly and with force; "This show zaps the viewers with some shocking scenes"
2 kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting; "in this computer game, space travellers are vaporized by aliens" [syn: vaporize]
3 strike at with firepower or bombs; "zap the enemy" [syn: nuke, atomize, atomise]
4 cook or heat in a microwave oven; "You can microwave the left-overs" [syn: microwave, micro-cook, nuke] [also: zapping, zapped]

Moby Thesaurus

KO, blast, blot out, bump off, call off, cancel, complete, croak, delete, dispose of, do in, drop the curtain, end off, erase, expunge, extinguish, finalize, finish, fix, fold up, get, get it over, get over with, get through with, give the business, give the quietus, gun down, hit, ice, kayo, kibosh, kill, knock out, lay out, off, perfect, polish off, put paid to, rub out, scrag, settle, shoot down, take care of, waste, wipe out





  • /zæp/
  • Rhymes with: -æp

Usage notes

Zap is colloquial in all senses.


  1. A sound made by a sudden release of electricity or some similar energy.
  2. An electrical shock.
    You might feel a little zap touching a metal doorknob when the air is dry.


sound electrical shock


  1. To make a zapping sound.
  2. To use a remote control to repeatedly change channel on a television.
  3. To strike (something or someone) with electricity or energy, as by shooting.
    They spent the whole movie zapping bad guys into oblivion.
  4. To damage (especially electronics) with electrostatic discharge.
    I think they zapped the processor.
  5. To heat (something) in a microwave oven.
    If it's not warm in the middle, zap it some more.
  6. To delete or discard (electronic media).
    They zapped a lot of files before realizing they had not backed up lately.
  7. To further energize or charge (magnetic material).
    They zapped my motor's magnets.


make a zapping sound change channels repeatedly strike with energy damage with electrostatic discharge heat in a microwave oven delete (electronic media)


  1. Representing the sound or action of a zap.
    Then the computer went zap and I lost all my work.


representing the sound of a zap
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See also

  • Zapp: zap graffiti arts: a company based in liverpool promoting graffiti as a positive artform with schools,youth and community based orgsanisations, across the uk and often further afield.
zap in French: Zap
zap in Italian: ZAP
zap in Kölsch: ZAP (Watt ėßß datt?)
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