snippet

[snip-it]
noun
1.
a small piece snipped off; a small bit, scrap, or fragment: an anthology of snippets.
2.
Informal. a small or insignificant person.

Origin:
1655–65; snip + -et

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snippet (ˈsnɪpɪt)
 
n
a small scrap or fragment
 
[C17: from snip + -et]
 
'snippetiness
 
n
 
'snippety
 
adj

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snippet
1664, diminutive form of snip (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The process begins with a tiny snippet of the patient's own bladder--a sample of what remains behind after injury or surgery.
And all that's needed to create this forest is a snippet of footage of a single tree in the parking lot.
The result is that the protein is produced with a slight modification, an attached fluorescent snippet.
It's a little snippet of their two days with the cameras.
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