Definition of snapshot in US English:



  • 1An informal photograph taken quickly, typically with a small handheld camera.

    • ‘More than a few handhelds also offer a built-in digital camera for taking snapshots and video sequences.’
    • ‘Demonstrators yesterday testified as to how impossible it would have been to count the numbers remotely accurately from aerial snapshots or crowd flows past certain points.’
    • ‘She pulled out her camera and took several snapshots of it as she approached.’
    • ‘But stars do not lend themselves to snapshots: point a camera skyward and push a shutter, and the film will record nothing.’
    • ‘Anyone who has attended one of my field landscape workshops knows that I divide photographic opportunities into three categories - snapshots, postcards and images.’
    • ‘Images of text, postmarks, snapshots and family photographs are fragments in a non-linear narrative.’
    • ‘If you are thinking of only using your camera to exchange snapshots with your friends, you do not need to spend a lot for the camera.’
    • ‘Most of the time these family photos and snapshots end up in an album, and occasionally, if they're really good, as a framed print.’
    • ‘I had a camera for snapshots, just the same as everyone else, and that was what I took - happy snaps!’
    • ‘The thing looked most definitely out of place, so I had to take a snapshot with the camera phone that one of my mates has handed down to me just recently.’
    • ‘He was no stranger to the camera: in 1895 he began to use a simple Kodak camera to take snapshots of friends and family to serve in preparing his small interior paintings.’
    • ‘This week's photo collection features a few snapshots from a recent family reunion involving six of my mother's nine brothers and sisters and all their children and all their children's children.’
    • ‘If you just want a standard, entry level digital camera for family snapshots and auction photos, then a point and shoot digital camera is a budget conscious choice.’
    • ‘Since he didn't own a scanner, he'd tape photographs on the wall and use his Sony video camera to take snapshots of them.’
    • ‘The canvas has often been compared to a snapshot, but to Sussman it looked more like a painted film still, art's first cinéma vérité moment.’
    • ‘The only danger that they present to security is the occasional tourist snapshot inside a heavily surveillanced area.’
    • ‘Keeping a wish list, along with room measurements and even snapshots of the spaces where pieces will go, can ward off sensory overload and keep your collecting on track, she advises.’
    • ‘The final alcove was jam-packed with works that add travel snapshots and promotional photographs, either enlarged or regular size, to the dizzying mix.’
    • ‘The formal Victorian portrait gave way to the informal snapshot, and now to the intimacy of the phonecam and picture message.’
    • ‘His photographs often include other pictures, for example family snapshots propped on a table or loose prints gathered in a box.’
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    1. 1.1 A brief look or summary.
      ‘this excellent book can only be a snapshot of a complex industry’
      • ‘When ecologists gather data on relative abundance, they take a census, a single snapshot of a community or assemblage.’
      • ‘This ‘fingerprinting’ technique gave researchers a snapshot of all the genes in the rice blast genome.’
      • ‘These are snapshots anyone might note when reviewing that year in music.’
      • ‘The results are brief snapshots of modern American life that are ruthlessly funny and desperately sad.’
      • ‘As it turns out, the Z-score gives investors a pretty good snapshot of corporate financial health.’
      • ‘The recently published 2001 census provides an interesting snapshot of UK society today.’
      • ‘It's an aural snapshot of the complex situation facing this fledgling nation two years after it was formally declared the Independent Republic of East Timor.’
      • ‘The census is a unique snapshot of a moment in time in Scottish life.’
      • ‘So we would have to choose some essentially arbitrary cut-off point at which we would freeze the data, to provide a snapshot for our analysis.’
      • ‘Martin Gormally gives a brief snapshot of what life was like in the hungry 1930s.’
      • ‘British prime minister Tony Blair's July 30 press briefing, the last before his holiday, provided a snapshot of contemporary politics.’
      • ‘They do not expect, or want, grand theories that fill a book, but are interested in brief snapshots.’
      • ‘Delaney said that examining such environments gives researchers a snapshot of what life is like deeper in the Earth's crust, where temperatures are higher.’
      • ‘Thank you for your thoroughly researched piece last week that enabled Philadelphians to view a snapshot of the city's animal welfare situation.’
      • ‘The survey, carried out every six months, aims to inform Yorkshire Forward's investment in the regional economy and give a reliable snapshot of business opinion.’
      • ‘It is possible to get a snapshot of the complete staff at any one time of the railway system of east Kent only from these census enumerators' returns.’
      • ‘In recent years, qualitative studies have augmented previous research, providing snapshots of parents' experiences raising a child with a disability.’
      • ‘Erkut mentions that the paper produces a quantitative snapshot of management research.’
      • ‘And if you've forgotten just how chaotic this period was - not much more than twelve months ago - here's a brief snapshot.’
      • ‘The results presented in the previous section provide a historical snapshot of research output and impact by Canadian business schools.’
    2. 1.2Computing A record of the contents of a storage location or data file at a given time.
      • ‘It is important that the file system remain in production while also enabling the snapshot to preserve the data at that exact moment in time.’
      • ‘The Advanced Client software can also take snapshots of DB2, SQL and Exchange data, as it has done for Oracle in the past.’
      • ‘These centralized data protection solutions include replication, mirroring, snapshots, tiered storage and online backup.’
      • ‘Store a snapshot of your file associations so you can easily revert to your favorite settings, if something gets improperly associated.’
      • ‘A hardware provider is usually a storage provider, like SANRAD Iscsi V-Switch, which creates and maintains snapshots at the storage hardware level.’
  • 2snap shotA shot taken quickly by a hunter.

    • ‘All of these tactics can work, just as a slap shot, a snap shot, a wrist shot or a backhander will work in the right situation.’
    • ‘He has a fine array of shots, but his snap shot and wrist shot are particularly dangerous.’
    • ‘The reward came from a snap shot by Dougie Simpson after midfielder Graeme Dunlop had done all the lead-up work.’
    • ‘Jimmy Spencer hit a snap shot over the bar from 25 yards and he later shot wide when put through by Martin Bland.’
    • ‘It took only eight minutes for Waterford to sound the first warning when Paul Leahy sent in a low cross for Kevin O'Brien but the midfielder's snap shot flashed wide as United quietly took control of the proceedings.’