Definition of snapshot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsnæpʃɒt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnæpʃɑːt//
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  1. 1= snap snapshots of the children Synonymsphotograph picture photo shot snapshot/​snap printThese are all words for a picture that has been made using a camera.photograph a picture that has been made using a camera:a photograph of the house Can I take a photograph?picture a photograph:We had our picture taken in front of the hotel.photo a photograph:a passport photophotograph, picture or photo?Photograph is slightly more formal and photo is slightly less formal. Picture is used especially in the context of photographs in newspapers, magazines and books.shot a photograph:I tried to get a shot of him in the water. Shot often places more emphasis on the process of taking the photograph, rather than the finished picture.snapshot/​snap an informal photograph that is taken quickly, and not by a professional photographer:holiday snapsprint a copy of a photograph that is produced from film or from a digital camera:a set of printsPatterns a colour photograph/​picture/​photo/​snap/​print to take a photograph/​picture/​photo/​shot/​snapshot
  2. 2[usually singular] a short description or a small amount of information that gives you an idea of what something is like The play offers a snapshot of life in Britain under the Romans.
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