One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of breaking suddenly and completely, typically with a sharp cracking sound.‘the snapping of a twig startled her from her reverie’
- 1.1 A sharp cracking sound or sounds.‘the only sound in the room was the snapping of the fire’
- 1.1 A sharp cracking sound or sounds.
1Making a sharp cracking sound or sounds.‘the snapping snare drum’‘there was suddenly a hard crunch, followed by a snapping sound’
- 1.1 (of an animal) making sudden audible bites.‘he leapt into the air to avoid the snapping jaws of a crocodile’‘this snapping, nasty little dog’
- 1.1 (of an animal) making sudden audible bites.
2(of a person) taking snapshots.‘they were surrounded by snapping photographers eager to catch the moment’
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