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1. To break short, or at once; to part asunder suddenly; as, a mast snaps; a needle snaps. But this weapon will snap short, unfaithful to the hand that employs it. (Burke)

2. To give forth, or produce, a sharp, cracking noise; to crack; as, blazing firewood snaps.

3. To make an effort to bite; to aim to seize with the teeth; to catch eagerly (at anything); often with at; as, a dog snapsat a passenger; a fish snaps at the bait.

4. To utter sharp, harsh, angry words; often with at; as, to snap at a child.

5. To miss fire; as, the gun snapped.

1. A sudden breaking or rupture of any substance.

2. A sudden, eager bite; a sudden seizing, or effort to seize, as with the teeth.

3. A sudden, sharp motion or blow, as with the finger sprung from the thumb, or the thumb from the finger.

4. A sharp, abrupt sound, as that made by the crack of a whip; as, the snap of the trigger of a gun.

5. A greedy fellow.

6. That which is, or may be, snapped up; something bitten off, seized, or obtained by a single quick movement; hence, a bite, morsel, or fragment; a scrap. He's a nimble fellow, And alike skilled in every liberal science, As having certain snaps of all. (B. Jonson)

7. A sudden severe interval or spell; applied to the weather; as, a cold snap.

8. A small catch or fastening held or closed by means of a spring, or one which closes with a snapping sound, as the catch of a bracelet, necklace, clasp of a book, etc.

9. (Science: zoology) A snap beetle.

10. A thin, crisp cake, usually small, and flavored with ginger; used chiefly in the plural.

11. Briskness; vigor; energy; decision.

12. Any circumstance out of which money may be made or an advantage gained. Snap back, a flask for small work, having its sides separable and held together by latches, so that the flask may be removed from around the sand mold. Snap judgment, a judgment formed on the instant without deliberation. Snap lock, a lock shutting with a catch or snap. Snap riveting, riveting in which the rivets have snapheads formed by a die or swaging tool. Snap shot, a quick offhand shot, without deliberately taking aim.

Origin: Cf. D. Snap a snatching. See Snap.

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Sound and how the brain reacts to it

... sit and front of my computer and stare at the screen and I'm completely zoned! haha, doesn't sound too productive does it? Actually, I can snap out of it if I want to, thank goodness. But it is wonderful to be able to experience these sensations.

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by pamelam
Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Sound and how the brain reacts to it
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Re: Humane way of treating mice infestation?

I believe that snap traps are the most humane way to rid yourself of mice. It is almost instantaneous and probably allows little time for pain to be felt by the little fellas. Let me explain it this way: would you rather be killed ...

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by hymenoptera7
Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:51 am
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Humane way of treating mice infestation?
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Re: Sound and how the brain reacts to it

... right? I think it's the wetness in their voice when they speak as they are eating it) and trying to talk at the same time. I'd always have to snap myself out of it. I used to watch Christopher Lowell, the house decorating guy on TLC or one of those types of networks. I'd often make the mistake ...

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by alycat32
Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Sound and how the brain reacts to it
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Re: Is Spirulina really good for our health ?

... think of it this way. Analogues are like locks that fit into a key. They turn perfectly, but dont actually open any doors. Not only that, but they snap inside so that the real key can't get in. B12 analogues can actually create B12 deficiencies as a result, partly because they create false readings ...

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Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Microbiology
Topic: Is Spirulina really good for our health ?
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RNA Purification via Spin column kit

... 1.5 - 1.7 A260/A280. I know for pure RNA I need a ratio of ~ 2.0. I'm going nuts people. I'm growing my cells to OD of 0.8 - 1.0 and pelleting, snap freezing and storing in -80C for a few days. Can anyone suggest at what step I'm getting all this contamination? I find the longer I mix with Lysozme ...

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by dinofernando
Thu Mar 17, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Molecular Biology
Topic: RNA Purification via Spin column kit
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