Definition of snapshot in US English:



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

    • ‘Anyone who has attended one of my field landscape workshops knows that I divide photographic opportunities into three categories - snapshots, postcards and images.’
    • ‘The only danger that they present to security is the occasional tourist snapshot inside a heavily surveillanced area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The final alcove was jam-packed with works that add travel snapshots and promotional photographs, either enlarged or regular size, to the dizzying mix.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had a camera for snapshots, just the same as everyone else, and that was what I took - happy snaps!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Images of text, postmarks, snapshots and family photographs are fragments in a non-linear narrative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More than a few handhelds also offer a built-in digital camera for taking snapshots and video sequences.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    photograph, picture, photo, shot, likeness, image, portrait, study, print, slide, transparency, negative, positive, plate, film, bromide, frame, exposure, still, proof, enprint, enlargement
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    1. 1.1 A brief look or summary.
      ‘this excellent book can only be a snapshot of a complex industry’
      • ‘As it turns out, the Z-score gives investors a pretty good snapshot of corporate financial health.’
      • ‘Thank you for your thoroughly researched piece last week that enabled Philadelphians to view a snapshot of the city's animal welfare situation.’
      • ‘They do not expect, or want, grand theories that fill a book, but are interested in brief snapshots.’
      • ‘When ecologists gather data on relative abundance, they take a census, a single snapshot of a community or assemblage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Erkut mentions that the paper produces a quantitative snapshot of management research.’
      • ‘In recent years, qualitative studies have augmented previous research, providing snapshots of parents' experiences raising a child with a disability.’
      • ‘Martin Gormally gives a brief snapshot of what life was like in the hungry 1930s.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These are snapshots anyone might note when reviewing that year in music.’
      • ‘This ‘fingerprinting’ technique gave researchers a snapshot of all the genes in the rice blast genome.’
      • ‘The results presented in the previous section provide a historical snapshot of research output and impact by Canadian business schools.’
      • ‘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 recently published 2001 census provides an interesting snapshot of UK society today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The census is a unique snapshot of a moment in time in Scottish life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 are brief snapshots of modern American life that are ruthlessly funny and desperately sad.’
      • ‘British prime minister Tony Blair's July 30 press briefing, the last before his holiday, provided a snapshot of contemporary politics.’
    2. 1.2Computing A record of the contents of a storage location or data file at a given 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.’
      • ‘A hardware provider is usually a storage provider, like SANRAD Iscsi V-Switch, which creates and maintains snapshots at the storage hardware level.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Store a snapshot of your file associations so you can easily revert to your favorite settings, if something gets improperly associated.’
  • 2snap shotA shot taken quickly by a hunter.

    • ‘Jimmy Spencer hit a snap shot over the bar from 25 yards and he later shot wide when put through by Martin Bland.’
    • ‘The reward came from a snap shot by Dougie Simpson after midfielder Graeme Dunlop had done all the lead-up work.’
    • ‘He has a fine array of shots, but his snap shot and wrist shot are particularly dangerous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’