American English

Definition of snapshot noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a photograph, especially one taken quickly snapshots of the children Thesaurusphotographpicture photo shot snapshot 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 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 than on the finished picture.snapshot an informal photograph that is taken quickly, and not by a professional photographer:holiday snapshotsprint a copy of a photograph that is produced from film or from a digital camera:a set of printsPatterns a color photograph/picture/photo/snapshot/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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