- a combining form meaning “drawn,” “written” (lithograph; monograph); specialized in meaning to indicate the instrument rather than the written product of the instrument (telegraph; phonograph).
Origin of -graph
< Greek -graphos (something) drawn or written, one who draws or writes. See grapho-
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- an instrument that writes or recordstelegraph
- a writing, record, or drawingautograph; lithograph
via Latin from Greek -graphos, from graphein to write
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Word Origin and History for -graph
word-forming element meaning "instrument for recording; something written," from Greek graphe "writing," from graphein "to write, express by written characters," earlier "to draw, represent by lines drawn" (see -graphy).
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- An instrument for writing, drawing, or recording:cardiograph.
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