snippet

noun
snip·​pet | \ ˈsni-pət How to pronounce snippet (audio) \

Definition of snippet

: a small part, piece, or thing especially : a brief quotable passage

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Examples of snippet in a Sentence

snippets from the author's newest novel read them a snippet of his latest poem
Recent Examples on the Web This snippet is taken from the third episode of Renegades, which will premiere Monday, March 1st. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Springsteen Recalls Early Guitar Memories in New Clip From Podcast With Obama," 26 Feb. 2021 On its official release date, Pink shared the song's music video and shared a cute snippet of her children enjoying a sunny day. Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE.com, "Pink's Daughter Willow Sage Makes Billboard Chart Debut with Duet 'Cover Me In Sunshine'," 24 Feb. 2021 Both companies’ vaccines use a snippet of the coronavirus’s genetic code (messenger RNA) to teach the immune system to attack the virus. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Q&A: An FDA panel endorsed Moderna’s COVID vaccine. One UCSD panelist explains why," 18 Dec. 2020 Aguirre-Sacasa shared a snippet on Instagram that seemed to suggest Archie, Betty, and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) will return to Riverdale High after the time jump, possibly as teachers. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "Riverdale’s Time Jump Is Coming — Here’s What We Know," 21 Jan. 2021 Each snippet is given an index to identify its location in the file, and DNA sequencers then read the snippets to reassemble the file. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Scientists ‘program’ living bacteria to store data," 11 Jan. 2021 Both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines use messenger RNA, which contains a snippet of the coronavirus’s genetic code that teaches the body to attack the virus’s surface and block infection. San Diego Union-Tribune, "COVID vaccine reaches San Diegans in nursing homes; county gets 20K doses from Moderna," 21 Dec. 2020 In August, Chris Stapleton wiped his social media clean and posted a snippet of his first single since 2018. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 2020: Staff List," 8 Dec. 2020 Specifically, the bit of code delivered is a snippet of the virus’s blueprint for the infamous spike protein, which is what the virus uses to latch onto human cells and initiate an infection. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Here’s everything you need to know about Pfizer’s positive vaccine news," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of snippet

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snippet

snip entry 1

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Time Traveler for snippet

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The first known use of snippet was in 1664

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Last Updated

2 Mar 2021

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“Snippet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snippet. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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snippet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snippet

: a small piece of information or news
: a small part of something (such as a piece of music, a conversation, etc.)

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