Pronunciation: (snach), [key]
to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usually fol. by at).
1. to seize by a sudden or hasty grasp: He snatched the old lady's purse and ran.
2. to take, get, secure, etc., suddenly or hastily.
3. to rescue or save by prompt action: He snatched the baby from the fire.
4. Slang.to kidnap.
1. the act or an instance of snatching.
2. a sudden motion to seize something; grab: He made a snatch as if to stop her.
3. a bit, scrap, or fragment of something: snatches of conversation.
4. a brief spell of effort, activity, or any experience: to work in snatches.
5. Naut.a sheave or projecting member serving as a fairlead.
6. a brief period of time.
7. Slang.an act of kidnapping.
8. Slang (vulgar). vulva; vagina.
9. Weightlifting.a lift in which the barbell is brought in a single motion from the floor to an arms-extended position overhead. Cf. clean and jerk.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.