Hypertext Webster Gateway: "snatch"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Snatch \Snatch\, n. [Cf. AS. sn[=i]?an to cut, to mow, sn?d a
bite, bit snip.]
The handle of a scythe; a snead. [Variously written in
England {snead}, {sneed}, {sneath}, {sneeth}, {snathe}, etc.;
in Scotland written {sned}.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Snatch \Snatch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Snatched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Snatching}.] [OE. snachen, snechen; akin to D. snakken to
gasp, to long (for), to desire. Cf. {Snack}, n., {Sneck}.]
1. To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission
or ceremony; as, to snatch a loaf or a kiss.

When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take.

2. To seize and transport away; to rap. ``Snatch me to
heaven.'' --Thomson.

Syn: To twitch; pluck; grab; catch; grasp; gripe.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Snatch \Snatch\, v. i.
To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch; -- often
with at; as, to snatch at a rope.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Snatch \Snatch\, n.
1. A hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or
attempt to seize, suddenly.

2. A short period of vigorous action; as, a snatch at weeding
after a shower. --Tusser.

They move by fits and snatches. --Bp. Wilkins.

3. A small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a

We have often little snatches of sunshine.

Leave me your snatches, and yield me a direct
answer. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation"
[syn: {bit}]
2: obscene terms for female genitals [syn: {cunt}, {puss}, {pussy},
{slit}, {twat}]
3: (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a
person against their will and holding them in false
imprisonment [syn: {kidnapping}]
4: a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one
rapid motion
5: the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the
catch with his back to the plate" [syn: {catch}, {grab}, {snap}]
v 1: to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the
dog snatched the ham bone" [syn: {snatch up}, {snap}]
2: to make grasping motions; "the cat snatched at the
3: of people [syn: {kidnap}, {nobble}, {abduct}]

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