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snapshot

[snap-shot] /ˈsnæpˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
an informal photograph, especially one taken quickly by a handheld camera.
2.
Hunting. a quick shot taken without deliberate aim.
3.
Informal. a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.
verb (used with or without object), snapshot or snapshotted, snapshotting.
4.
to photograph informally and quickly.
Origin of snapshot
1800-1810
1800-10 for def 2; 1860-65 for def 1; snap (in the sense “done suddenly or casually”) + shot1

snapshoot

[snap-shoot] /ˈsnæpˌʃut/
verb (used with object), snapshot, snapshooting.
1.
to take a snapshot of (a subject).
Origin
back formation from snapshot
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Examples from the Web for snapshot
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  • I saw only a snapshot of her, which showed her to be beautiful.

  • Yes, she'd keep the snapshot of Stella, and remember what I said about the brother in Altoona.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • And do you know, it takes a snapshot in a room even just as well as in the open air.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • "How I would have loved to have had a snapshot of him," said Julie, sighing.

    Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • "You have not liked him since you found that he took that snapshot of me," she said whimsically.

    Hidden Gold Wilder Anthony
British Dictionary definitions for snapshot

snapshot

/ˈsnæpˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
an informal photograph taken with a simple camera Often shortened to snap
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Word Origin and History for snapshot
n.

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.

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