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 And with the economy spiraling about six weeks into the pandemic, the snapshot wasn’t a pretty one. James T. Norman,, "Libertyville moves forward with property tax levy that would increase average home’s tax bill by $18 if approved," 13 Nov. 2020 Still, the employment snapshot is a monthly reminder that the labor market has far to go before recovering all 22 million jobs lost since the coronavirus pandemic hit, and indicates how crucial support measures such as fiscal stimulus remain. NBC News, "Dow, S&P and Nasdaq all hit record highs on Pfizer vaccine news, Biden win," 9 Nov. 2020 Officials base these decisions on a number of measures intended to gauge not just a snapshot of current population numbers and range, but whether the species will continue to be stable after delisting. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "Gray wolves are leaving the endangered species list. But should they?," 5 Nov. 2020 One reason that a test is just a snapshot in time, and a negative may be incorrectly interpreted as a license to abandon precautions. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Don't let COVID-19 hitchhike home from campus," 31 Oct. 2020 For the Lady Deer, the snapshot just wasn’t pretty at all. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "District 22-6A teams get the better of Deer Park runners at Longhorn Stampede," 21 Sep. 2020 That includes a snapshot of the make, model, color, state, license plate (full, partial, or missing), as well as a timestamp of a vehicle that passes. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Hunting Valley council authorizes $65,000 annual contract for 25 automatic license plate readers," 27 Oct. 2020 For the uninitiated, your birth chart is a snapshot of where all the major planets and astral bodies were located when you were born, which (~allegedly~) gives you insight into your personality and life. Anna Borges, SELF, "13 Things to Do on Your Birthday Alone," 22 Oct. 2020 Even an accurate negative test is just a snapshot in time, and not a guarantee that the person tested won’t pick up the virus in their next interaction with a human. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Testing Alone Won't Stop Covid. Just Look at the White House," 10 Oct. 2020

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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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18 Nov 2020

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“Snapshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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