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snap fastener[′snap ‚fas·ən·ər]
A fastener consisting of a ball on one edge of an article that fits in a socket on an opposed edge, and used to hold edges together, such as those of a garment.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Snaps or snap fasteners
, on the other hand, consist of a pair of interlocking discs (metal or plastic) which stay fastened together until force is applied to pry them apart.
Carmo vinyl heat-sealable components, such as snap fasteners
, medical fittings, grommets and valves are also available.
You can even buy Western snap fasteners
for your cowboy shirt.
Combining snap fasteners
with functional components such as locks, hinges, handles etc., plus the special design of the snap fastener
itself creates a much larger range of applications that can go beyond just the joining of panels.