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

Examples of screenshot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Alex Benson clings to a collection of screenshots of Facebook Memories, the old pictures resurfaced by the social media site. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Blame Over Justice: The Human Toll of the Navy’s Relentless Push to Punish One of Its Own," 20 Nov. 2019 My opponent has taken a screenshot of one second of a longer ad, distorting it out of context. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Ad appearing to attack Democratic City-County Council candidate draws ire on social media," 28 Oct. 2019 For his #MondayMotivation quote this week, the former NFL star took a screenshot of his own tweet and shared an important message about moving forward. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Michael Strahan Shares Inspirational Quote on Instagram Amid Child Support Case," 24 Oct. 2019 The offending tweet has since been deleted, but several Twitter users took a screenshot before it was taken down. Emily Caron,, "Radio Host Takes Leave of Absence After Homophobic Slur Sent from Station's Twitter," 13 Sep. 2019 The video selfies will be deleted after 30 days and will not be seen by others, according to a screenshot of a disclaimer posted on the interface of the new feature uploaded by Wong. Jane Li, Quartz, "Facebook might ask for your face to help it identify bots," 6 Nov. 2019 The researchers found suggested steroid videos alongside videos in foreign languages like Arabic, according to screenshots reviewed by The Washington Post. Cat Zakrzewski, The Denver Post, "Drug dealers are peddling steroids on Facebook and YouTube," 22 Sep. 2019 The researchers found suggested steroid videos alongside videos in foreign languages like Arabic, according to screenshots reviewed by The Post. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Facebook and YouTube content pushing steroids raises more platform policing questions," 16 Sep. 2019 According to screenshots provided by Detroit Fire Fighters Association president Mike Nevin, BRIX showed that all fire hydrants surrounding the house were operational Thursday. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Fire department: Hydrants near burning home were down, nobody told us," 16 Sep. 2019

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1983, in the meaning defined above


1995, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2019

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“Screenshot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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