Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A photograph taken with a small hand-held camera.
  • n. An isolated observation: a sociopolitical snapshot of the electorate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A photograph, especially one taken quickly or in a moment of opportunity.
  • n. A glimpse of something; a portrayal of something at a moment in time.
  • n. A file or set of files captured at a particular time, capable of being reloaded to restore the earlier state.
  • n. A quick, unplanned or unexpected shot.
  • v. To take a snapshot of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a quick offhand shot, without deliberately taking aim.
  • n.
  • n. A quick offhand shot, made without deliberately taking aim over the sights.
  • n. Act of taking a snapshot (in sense 2).
  • n. An instantaneous photograph made, usually with a hand camera, without formal posing of, and often without the foreknowledge of, the subject.
  • n. a brief summary or appraisal, especially one that describes the state of a situation at one particular time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sudden or quick shot, literally or figuratively; in photography, the instantaneous taking of a picture as with a detective camera, or with one of the many portable cameras.
  • Pertaining to or taken by a snapshot, as a photograph; adapted to the taking of instantaneous photographs: as, a snap-shot camera.
  • Hence, executed rapidly or sketchily.
  • To take a photographic snap-shot of.
  • To take photographs with a snap-shot camera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera

Etymologies

From snap + shot. (Wiktionary)

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