Definition of zap verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    zap

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//zæp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zæp//
     
    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they zap
    BrE BrE//zæp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zæp//
     
    he / she / it zaps
    BrE BrE//zæps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zæps//
     
    past simple zapped
    BrE BrE//zæpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zæpt//
     
    past participle zapped
    BrE BrE//zæpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//zæpt//
     
    -ing form zapping
    BrE BrE//ˈzæpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈzæpɪŋ//
     
    Watching TV
     
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  1. 1[transitive] to destroy, kill or hit somebody/something suddenly and with force zap somebody/something The monster got zapped by a flying saucer (= in a computer game). It's vital to zap stress fast. zap somebody/something with something He jumped like a man who'd been zapped with 1 000 volts.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to do something very fast I'm zapping through (= reading very fast) some modern novels at the moment.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] zap (something) to use the remote control to change television channels quickly See related entries: Watching TV
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] zap (somebody/something) + adv./prep. to move, or make somebody/something move, very fast in the direction mentioned synonym zip The racing cars zapped past us.
  5. Word Origin 1920s (originally US): imitative.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: zap