(redirected from zaps)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia.

zap out

Interrupt or delete unwanted parts of a television program or video, as in We've taped the show and now we can zap out all the commercials. [c. 1980]
See also: out, zap

channel hopping

and channel surfing and channel zapping
n. using a remote control to move quickly from one television channel to another, pausing only a short time on each channel. I wish you would stop channel hopping! He spends more time channel zapping than actually watching.
See also: channel, hop

channel zapping

See also: channel, zap


1. tv. to shock someone. That fake snake zapped me for a minute.
2. tv. to kill someone. The stress from it all nearly zapped him.
3. tv. to impress someone. My big idea really zapped the boss. I may get a raise.
4. tv. to stun someone with an imaginary ray gun. He zapped me with a water gun.
5. exclam. Wow! (Usually Zap!) He said, “Zap!” indicating that he really liked the present, I guess.
6. tv. to defeat someone or a team. Fred zapped Britney in the spelling bee.
7. in. to zip or move to somewhere very fast. He’s zapping to the drugstore for some aspirin.


1. mod. tired; exhausted. I’m too zapped to go on.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. We all got zapped and then went home.
See also: zap
References in periodicals archive ?
The new ZAP ATVs include a standard ATZ model as well as the ATZ-HD (Heavy Duty.
ZAP has been a leader in advanced technology vehicles since 1994, delivering more than 85,000 vehicles to customers in more than 60 countries.
Founded in 1994, publicly owned ZAP has delivered over 80,000 electric vehicles to more than 65 different countries.
ZAP develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, low-powered electric vehicles.
So, it is natural that we decided to go with ZAP to market our products in the States.
Last week, ZAP announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement with SMART-Automobile LLC to distribute a new 60-MPG city coupe in the United States through its ZAP Automotive Division.