snapshot

[snap-shot]
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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), snap·shot or snap·shot·ted, snap·shot·ting.
  1. to photograph informally and quickly.

Origin of snapshot

1800–10 for def 2; 1860–65 for def 1; snap (in the sense “done suddenly or casually”) + shot1
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British Dictionary definitions for snapshotting

snapshot

noun
  1. an informal photograph taken with a simple cameraOften shortened to: snap
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Word Origin and History for snapshotting

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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