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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Examples of snapshot in a Sentence

fans excitedly took snapshots of the rock star as he dashed into the hotel
Recent Examples on the Web As always, this is just an incomplete snapshot of the many injuries sustained by children playing football. Lisa Kearns, STAT, 30 Nov. 2021 On Friday, the 23-year-old mom to Grace Warrior, 7 months, posted an adorable snapshot of the pair enjoying each other's company. Tristan Balagtas,, 20 Nov. 2021 The legendary artist renders the subject in an expressive snapshot surrounded by his tools, with the concept of flesh manifesting through intricate hatchings. Paul Jebara, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 Federal data provides an imperfect snapshot of the situation, but the numbers show that hospitals and nursing homes have a ways to go to fully vaccinate their workforce. Skyler Swisher,, 22 Sep. 2021 An August snapshot illustrates the extent of churn taking place: iCIMS found that job openings are up almost 70 percent and hires are up by 57 percent, while the number of job applications have ticked up a mere 2 percent since January. NBC News, 2 Sep. 2021 The Instagram post for Kacey's birthday also included an intimate snapshot of the couple cuddling in bed and a sassy polaroid of the singer dressed in a stylish cheetah print outfit. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 28 Aug. 2021 In addition to providing an important demographic snapshot, the census data released Thursday has several practical uses. Daniela Altimari,, 14 Aug. 2021 Through the first-rate direction of Candis C. Jones and the restless cameras of Justin Chiet, the drama proves an engrossing snapshot of racial tension, aspiration and survival in the basement of a Black household during the 1967 Detroit riots. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of snapshot

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Dec 2021

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“Snapshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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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