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[snap-shot] /ˈsnæpˌʃɒt/
an informal photograph, especially one taken quickly by a hand-held camera.
Hunting. a quick shot taken without deliberate aim.
Informal. a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), snapshot or snapshotted, snapshotting.
to photograph informally and quickly.
Origin of snapshot
1800-10 for def 2; 1860-65 for def 1; snap + shot1


[snap-shoot] /ˈsnæpˌʃut/
verb (used with object), snapshot, snapshooting.
to take a snapshot of (a subject).
back formation from snapshot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for snapshot
  • And if you have a snapshot, share the photos of the poor beasts.
  • We intuitively know that facts gathered over time are a better random sample than any snapshot.
  • What separates a snapshot from a good photo is the planning that goes into making the shot.
  • These maps provide a snapshot of the state of nature and conservation efforts today.
  • Details are slightly blurry, testifying to the snapshot's loss of definition when blown up to such a size.
  • He's an artist, after all, and thought he could come up with a better image than his initial cell-phone snapshot.
  • Gone are the days of photographic plates that recorded the sky snapshot by painstaking snapshot.
  • But for all intent and purpose, you're seeing a snapshot of our solar system in seven or eight billion years.
  • The same sediment that filled the dinosaurs' footprints created a snapshot of an entire ecosystem that was teeming with life.
  • The various fashion weeks are a snapshot of the industry's strengths and weaknesses.
British Dictionary definitions for snapshot


an informal photograph taken with a simple camera Often shortened to snap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snapshot

also snap-shot, 1808, "a quick shot with a gun, without aim, at a fast-moving target," from snap + shot (n.). Photographic sense is attested from 1890. Figuratively, of something captured at a moment in time, from 1897.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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