/snæp/verb(present participlesnapping, past tense and past participlesnapped)
BREAK[I, T]›If something long and thin snaps, it breaks making a short, loud sound, and if you snap it, you break it, making a short, loud sound: The twigs snapped as we walked on them.She snapped the carrot in half (= into two pieces).
snap (sth) open/shut/together, etc›to suddenly move to a particular position, making a short, loud noise, or to make something do this: She snapped the book shut.The suitcase snapped open and everything fell out.
SPEAK ANGRILY[I, T]›to say something suddenly in an angry way: "I don't know what you mean," he snapped.I was snapping at the children because I was tired.
LOSE CONTROL[I]›to suddenly be unable to control a strong feeling, especially anger: She asked me to do the work again and I just snapped.
PHOTOGRAPH[T]informal›to take a photograph of someone or something: Photographers snapped the Princess everywhere she went.
ANIMAL[I]›If an animal snaps, it tries to bite someone: The dog was barking and snapping at my ankles. → See alsosnap your fingers