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 These numbers are the cumulative snapshot through Thursday, May 28, 2020, when the statewide count stood at 4,086 confirmed and presumptive cases of the new coronavirus. Margaret Haberman | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon’s highest coronavirus infection rates: Find your county," 29 May 2020 There is a growing number of openings in warehouses as major retailers such as Amazon expand their footprints, according to a snapshot compiled by ZipRecruiter, a job-posting website. Anchorage Daily News, "Americans have filed more than 40 million jobless claims in past 10 weeks," 28 May 2020 Its video quality was also impressive (2560 x 1920 pixel resolution during the day and night), allowing for recognizable facial snapshots. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "This popular Eufy smart doorbell is at a major discount—but not for long," 27 May 2020 Tuesday's report provides a one-week snapshot of the coronavirus' impact on the labor market leading up to April 12. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "This county has the highest unemployment rate in Indiana," 26 May 2020 But while snapshots from across the country may look like a return to normal, experts warn the US is still not out of the woods. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Americans used the holiday to try to go back to normal. But experts worry about spikes in Covid-19 cases," 24 May 2020 Related: These vintage photographs portray candid snapshots of the past This newsletter has been curated and edited by David Beard, and Jen Tse and Eslah Attar selected the photographs. National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 22 May 2020 Prehistoric footprints are a remarkable and precious source of evidence for the behavior and biology of ancient organisms, capturing a snapshot of their lives in deep time. Popular Science, "Prehistoric footprints reveal how ancient men and women divided labor," 20 May 2020 Last week, the family reported on the results, offering a five-year snapshot of their returns through the end of 2019 (that is, before the coronavirus pandemic accelerated these trends). Bill Mckibben, The New York Review of Books, "Thanks to Climate Divestment, Big Oil Finally Runs Out of Gas," 12 May 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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5 Jun 2020

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“Snapshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 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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