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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 or 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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I've snapshotted about everything else around here, but I never thought of the sky.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • Isabelle was snapshotted leaving the theatre, or riding in the Park.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • This clumsiness clings even to the photographs of public men, as they are snapshotted at public meetings.

    Utopia of Usurers and other Essays Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • Charmian and Claude had been snapshotted on the deck of the ship by a little army of journalists.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for snapshotted


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 snapshotted



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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