snap·​shot | \ ˈsnap-ˌshät \

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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Newsletter Sign-up Total fertility rate is a singular, snapshot estimate based on that year’s fertility levels, some demographers also noted, so the rates may change if women decide to eventually have children later in life. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "At 30-Year Low, U.S. Birth Rate Shows Striking Differences Between States," 10 Jan. 2019 In the current fashion economy, red carpet, street style, and social media snapshots are increasingly important entrance points for brands looking to reach the next level. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "In Celebrating the Talents of the African Continent, Beyoncé Made the Year’s Most Fashionable Statements," 21 Dec. 2018 Here's a snapshot from the paper showing a handful of images and AlexNet's top-five classifications: AlexNet was able to recognize that the first image contained a mite even though the mite was a small shape at the very edge of the image. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 The video reel later shows snapshots of former real-life contestants Michael Ketterer and Vicki Barbolak to further make fun of the judges' reactions to the talent on stage. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Stars Have Feelings About 'Saturday Night Live' Spoofing Them," 5 Nov. 2018 Here are snapshots of what our reviewers thought of them. The Seattle Times, "4 movies open the day before Thanksgiving in the Seattle area," 20 Nov. 2018 This afternoon, Eugenie shared a gallery of four photos on her Instagram account, starting with a vintage snapshot of Beatrice sitting with her mom, Sarah Ferguson. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Posted an Adorable Throwback Photo in Honor of Princess Beatrice's Birthday," 8 Aug. 2018 Here's a snapshot: While humans have about 6 million olfactory receptors in their noses, dog noses contain upwards of 300 million. Southern Living, "10 Things You Should Know About Your Dog," 3 July 2018 Here’s a snapshot … Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech: Alexander failed multiple drug tests at Tech and just got 12 months probation for marijuana possession after being cited for it hours after the Hokies’ spring game in April. Albert Breer,, "How a Soldier’s Story Helped Dan Quinn Build the Falcons," 2 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of snapshot

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

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