snap·​shot | \ ˈsnap-ˌshät How to pronounce snapshot (audio) \

Definition of snapshot

1 : a casual photograph made typically by an amateur with a small handheld camera
2 : an impression or view of something brief or transitory a snapshot of life back then

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Synonyms for snapshot


photo, photograph, pic, print, shot, snap

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Examples of snapshot in a Sentence

fans excitedly took snapshots of the rock star as he dashed into the hotel

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And then the Tarasenkos said nothing about the snapshot, sharing it with no one. Joan Niesen,, "How Vladimir Tarasenko’s Son Took a Secret Stanley Cup Nap—Before the Blues Won," 16 Sep. 2019 Now a few words about Issues & Answers, which will aim to be a (mostly) daily snapshot of the world in college football., "Pac-12 is off to a 0-1 start and thank goodness we avoided breakfast starts: Issues & Answers," 25 Aug. 2019 Some snapshots: 1) A man named Charlie sits on the concrete on a hot summer day, asking for money. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Fifth Avenue, New York City," 22 Aug. 2019 Usually undertaken late at night and into the early morning, the HUD-overseen census is meant to provide a comprehensive snapshot of homelessness in America: its hot spots and demographics, its causes and magnitude. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 Viral snapshots of the signs in search of her taped up all over Greenpoint, where she is based, rocketed the name of her personal network to viral status thanks to a very interested audience. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Woman Who Went Viral for Naming Her Wi-Fi 'Old Bay Seasoning' Explains Her Spicy Choice," 13 Aug. 2019 The snapshots of food—from fish to vegetables to various cuts of meat—provide ample evidence of the need for lots of ice. Paula Johnson, Smithsonian, "Remembering Julia Child," 13 Aug. 2019 But these snapshots of refugee life—seen through the lens of the rich world—are limited, misleading, even self-serving. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 In a perfect snapshot of the era, Trump’s erroneous tweet now underscores the extent to which American governance now revolves around serving Trump rather than serving the American people. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Trump Organization’s Hostile Takeover of the U.S. Government," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of snapshot

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snapshot was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of snapshot

: an informal photograph that is taken quickly
: a quick view or a small amount of information that tells you a little about what someone or something is like


snap·​shot | \ ˈsnap-ˌshät How to pronounce snapshot (audio) \

Kids Definition of snapshot

: a photograph taken usually with an inexpensive hand-held camera

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