Etymology
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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.

updated on October 18, 2013

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Definitions of snapshot from WordNet

snapshot (n.)
an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera;
my snapshots haven't been developed yet
Synonyms: snap / shot
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