screen·​shot | \ ˈskrēn-ˌshät How to pronounce screenshot (audio) \

Definition of screenshot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an image that shows the contents of a computer display


screenshotted; screenshotting; screenshots

Definition of screenshot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to capture a screenshot of (an image on a computer display) "Amazing … Can you screenshot that and send it to me?"— Laura Loomer … while you can prevent someone from forwarding an email, you can't stop them from screenshotting it and sending the image on.— Jon Porter The White House quickly deleted the tweet, but … somebody managed to screenshot it first.— Sophie Lloyd

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There's a button in the Quick Settings to take a screenshot, but that simply doesn't work for many screens. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Palm Phone Review: Fun, endearing, and bad at everything," 1 Dec. 2018 Huawei also added a three-finger swipe gesture to the two Matebooks, allowing you to capture a screenshot by swiping down the screen. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 2019 Here's a screenshot of the two all cozied up: Photo: Courtesy of Khloé Kardashian/Instagram. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Khloé Kardashian Just Basically Confirmed Ben Simmons & Kendall Jenner's Relationship," 5 July 2018 According to a screenshot obtained by TVInsider, Eric shut down the rumors of an exit in one concise response. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is Eric Christian Olsen Leaving 'NCIS: Los Angeles?'," 16 Dec. 2018 The study, which was conducted this summer, asked drivers for a screenshot of their Uber app’s earnings page from their last full day driving. Rani Molla, Recode, "Half of U.S. Uber drivers make less than $10 an hour after vehicle expenses, according to a new study," 2 Oct. 2018 That same officer posted a racist meme of Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, according to a screenshot from the lawsuit. Washington Post, "Bucks’ Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest," 19 June 2018 Going back to ReLive, the feature can record gameplay for posterity, stream it to the world, or grab a screenshot. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 2019 When Ben Congleton praised one of his employees last year for asking openly for a mental-health day, defying the stigma, the employee’s screenshot of the email exchange was retweeted more than 16,000 times and drew 44,000 likes. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Benefits (and Risks) of the Mental-Health Day," 17 Dec. 2018

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1983, in the meaning defined above


1995, in the meaning defined above

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