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

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Recent Examples on the Web Andrew Johnson's trial featured direct testimony from 25 prosecution and 16 defense witnesses, while in Bill Clinton's trial, three witnesses were deposed on video, and snippets of their testimony were played during the trial. NBC News, "In closing argument, Democrats say not removing Trump would 'render him above the law'," 3 Feb. 2020 The Tesla Model 3 can collect video snippets from the car’s many cameras. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Instagram is going global with its fact-checking program to limit misinformation," 17 Dec. 2019 Forever the most down to earth and likable A-lister on the block, the actress took to Instagram to share a few snippets from her holiday celebrations on Thursday, and her day was split right down the middle in two very different moods. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Thanksgiving Celebration Was a Game of Two Halves," 29 Nov. 2019 These two snippets from the True Police Cases article are not direct quotes from Crick’s interviews with Smith -- but that doesn’t mean the reporter’s magazine pieces were invented. oregonlive, "Revenge of Portland’s ‘blonde babe’: Teen prostitute told all about reform-school lesbians during 1959 vice scandal," 4 Nov. 2019 Big tech companies including Inc. and Apple Inc. have come under fire for collecting audio snippets from consumer computing devices and subjecting those clips to human review, a practice that critics say invades privacy. Sarah Frier / Bloomberg, Time, "Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Audio of Its Users' Conversations," 15 Aug. 2019 Big tech companies including Amazon and Apple have come under fire for collecting audio snippets from consumer computing devices and subjecting those clips to human review, a practice that critics say invades privacy. Sarah Frier, Fortune, "Facebook Stops Recording Users’ Audio, as Contract Transcriptionists Express Ethical Concerns," 13 Aug. 2019 And this, of course, produces privacy nightmares, as when Amazon or Google subcontractors sit around listening to our audio snippets or hackers remotely spy on our kids. Clive Thompson, Wired, "Worried About Privacy at Home? There's an AI for That," 21 Jan. 2020 In what has since become a heralded snippet of cinema lore, Horner — working with lyricist Will Jennings — decided to take the film’s most memorable musical strain and commit words to it. Jen Juneau,, "Céline Dion Didn't Initially Want to Record 'My Heart Will Go On': 'It Didn't Appeal to Me'," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of snippet was in 1664

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8 Feb 2020

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“Snippet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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