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Snack Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    snack n : a light informal meal [syn: bite, collation] v : eat a snack; eat lightly; "She never loses weight because she snacks between meals" [syn: nosh]
Snack Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Snack \Snack\, n. [See Snatch, v. t.]
  1. A share; a part or portion; -- obsolete, except in the colloquial phrase, to go snacks, i. e., to share. At last he whispers, ``Do, and we go snacks.'' --Pope.
  2. A slight, hasty repast. [Colloq.]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Snack'

A snack is a small portion of food, as contrasted with a regular meal.

Traditionally snacks were prepared from ingredients commonly available in the home, often leftovers, sandwiches made from cold cuts, nuts, fruit, and the like. The Dagwood sandwich was originally the humorous result of a cartoon character's desire for large snacks. Beverages are not considered real snacks, especially coffee. The only instance in which a beverage constitutes a snack is if it possesses a substantive food item (e.g., strawberries, bananas, kiwis) and then blended to create a smoothie.

With the spread of convenience stores, packaged snack foods are now a significant business. Snack foods are typically designed to be portable, quick and satisfying. Processed snack foods are designed to be less perishable, more durable, and more appealing than prepared foods. They often contain substantial amounts of sweeteners, preservatives, and appealing ingredients such as chocolate, peanuts, and specially-designed flavors (such as flavored potato chips). A snack eaten shortly before going to bed or during the night may be called a midnight snack.

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