- an informal photograph, especially one taken quickly by a handheld camera.
- Hunting. a quick shot taken without deliberate aim.
- Informal. a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.
- to photograph informally and quickly.
Origin of snapshot
- to take a snapshot of (a subject).
Origin of snapshoot
back formation from snapshot
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Examples from the Web for snapshot
We surveyed the strange world of celebrity gaming cameos to give you a snapshot of the most successful and the most inexplicable.Kevin Spacey and the Most Inexplicable Celebrity Video Game Cameos
May 3, 2014
At any given medical evaluation you get no more than a snapshot.Retail Clinics Are More Common Than Ever, But That Doesn’t Mean You Should Use Them
April 1, 2014
And while the president continues to lead in most swing states, the snapshot remains blurry.A Kinder, Gentler, Purpler Mitt
November 6, 2012
They were treating a snapshot of a blood level, not the disease.Treat the Symptom, Not the Measurement
November 1, 2012
Sky News provides a snapshot of the state of press freedom in post-Mubarak Egypt.New Egypt, The Same as Old Egypt
August 16, 2012
I saw only a snapshot of her, which showed her to be beautiful.The Garden of Bright Waters
Yes, she'd keep the snapshot of Stella, and remember what I said about the brother in Altoona.Torchy As A Pa
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
- an informal photograph taken with a simple cameraOften shortened to: snap
Word Origin and History for snapshot
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper