snapshot (plural snapshots)

  1. A photograph, especially one taken quickly or in a moment of opportunity.
    He carried a snapshot of his daughter.
  2. A glimpse of something; a portrayal of something at a moment in time.
    The article offered a snapshot of life in that region.
  3. (computing) A file or set of files captured at a particular time, often capable of being reloaded to restore the earlier state.
    This game is so hard that I find myself taking a snapshot every few seconds in case I get killed.
  4. (soccer) A quick, unplanned or unexpected shot.
  5. (firearms) A quick offhand shot, made without deliberately taking aim over the sights.
    • 1892, Stanley Waterloo, A Man and a Woman
      How quick the eye and hand to catch him [the ruffed grouse] when he rises from the underbrush and is out of sight in the wood before the untrained sportsman stops him with what is little more than a snapshot, so instantaneously must all be done!
Translations Translations Verb

snapshot (snapshots, present participle snapshotting; past and past participle snapshotted)

  1. (transitive) To take a photograph of.
  2. (transitive, computing) To capture the state of, in a snapshot.
    • 2007, David E. Irwin, An Operating System Architecture for Networked Server Infrastructure (page 30)
      Filer appliances also offer programmatic snapshotting and cloning at the block-level or file system-level.
  • German: einen Schnappschuss machen von
  • Russian: де́лать (момента́льный) сни́мок

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