snap·​shot ˈsnap-ˌshät How to pronounce snapshot (audio)
: a casual photograph made typically by an amateur with a small handheld camera
: an impression or view of something brief or transitory
a snapshot of life back then

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 The pair both cradle her baby bump, which is exposed in some of the snapshots. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 7 July 2024 Additionally, people shouldn’t rely on a single snapshot that might miss a high-functioning person’s decline. Eduardo Cuevas, USA TODAY, 6 July 2024 So that’s a snapshot of Naomi Osaka‘s parents’ early relationship. Jason Pham, StyleCaster, 3 July 2024 The Internet Archive also hosts collections of snapshots of the MTV News site from 2022, 2023 and 2024. Todd Spangler, Variety, 2 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for snapshot 

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snapshot was in 1890

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“Snapshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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snap·​shot ˈsnap-ˌshät How to pronounce snapshot (audio)
: a photograph taken usually with a small hand-held camera

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