zap / zap/ inf. • v. (zapped , zap·ping ) 1. [tr.] destroy or obliterate: zap the enemy's artillery before it can damage your core units. 2. [tr.] cause to move suddenly and rapidly in a specified direction: the boat zapped us up river. ∎ [intr.] move suddenly and rapidly, esp. between television channels or sections of videotape by use of a remote control: video recorders mean the audience will zap through the ads. 3. [tr.] cook or warm (food or a hot drink) in a microwave oven.• n. a sudden effect or event that makes a dramatic impact, esp. a sudden burst of energy or sound: the eggs get an extra zap of UV light.