[zap] Informal.
verb (used with object), zapped, zapping.
to kill or shoot.
to attack, defeat, or destroy with sudden speed and force.
to bombard with electrical current, radiation, laser beams, etc.
to strike or jolt suddenly and forcefully.
to cook in a microwave oven.
to skip over or delete (TV commercials), as by switching channels or pushing a fast-forward button on a playback device: We recorded the show on our VCR but zapped all the commercials.
to add a sudden infusion of energy, verve, color, attractiveness, or the like (often followed by up ): just the thing to zap up your spring wardrobe.
verb (used without object), zapped, zapping.
to move quickly, forcefully, or destructively: high-voltage currents zapping overhead.
force, energy, or drive; zip.
a jolt or charge, as or as if of electricity.
a forceful and sudden blow, hit, or attack.
any method of political activism, usually of a disruptive nature.

1940–45, Americanism; imitative

zapper, noun Unabridged
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zap (zæp)
vb , zaps, zapping, zapped
1.  (tr) to attack, kill, or destroy, as with a sudden bombardment
2.  (intr) to move quickly; rush
3.  (tr) computing
 a.  to clear from the screen
 b.  to erase
4.  (intr) television to change channels rapidly by remote control
5.  energy, vigour, or pep
6.  an exclamation used to express sudden or swift action
[C20: of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

1929 (sound effect), 1942 (v.), comic strip word (especially from "Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century"), of imitative origin. Meaning "to erase electronically" is 1982.
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ZAP definition

1. A language for expressing program transformations.
["A System for Assisting Program Transformation", M.S. Feather, ACM TOPLAS 4(1):1-20, Jan 1982].
2. Zero and Add Packed.

zap definition

1. To modify, usually to correct; especially used when the action is performed with a debugger or binary patching tool. Also implies surgical precision. "Zap the debug level to 6 and run it again."
In the IBM mainframe world, binary patches are applied to programs or to the operating system with a program called "superzap", whose file name is "IMASPZAP" (possibly contrived from I M A SuPerZAP).
See also Zero and Add Packed.
2. To fry a chip with static electricity. "Uh oh - I think that lightning strike may have zapped the disk controller."

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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