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[sin-uh-mat-uh-graf, -grahf] /ˌsɪn əˈmæt əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/ Chiefly British
a motion-picture projector.
a motion-picture camera.
verb (used with or without object)
to photograph with a motion-picture camera.
Also, kinematograph.
Origin of cinematograph
1895-1900; < French cinématographe, equivalent to cinémat- (< Greek kīnēmat-, stem of kī́nēma motion) + -o- -o- + -graphe -graph
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[sin-uh-mat-uh-graf-ik] /ˌsɪn əˌmæt əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cinematographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cinematographic
Historical Examples
  • So he called in Mr. Gilbreth and his cinematographic method.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications

    Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
  • These cinematographic pictures did not proceed from the wall itself.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • In a scientific age his style may be described as cinematographic.

  • The command, "Five rounds rapid at the stubble field 900 yards," produced a cinematographic picture in my field-glasses.

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War

    Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay
  • It is these nights that I pretend to show you in this book, in a little series of cinematographic pictures.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • Of course I said to myself, if it was a cinematographic representation, if it was a film—and how could one doubt it?

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • Then followed phenomena which are really inexplicable in the present state of our cinematographic resources.

    The Three Eyes Maurice Leblanc
  • It can be done in a day or a week, but in the former case one must be content with a cinematographic reminiscence.

  • All sorts of ideas crossed the swift, cinematographic mind of the manager.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • What the cinematographic portion supplies is a continuous animated record of the movement of the ram of the hammer.

    Practical Cinematography and Its Applications

    Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot
British Dictionary definitions for cinematographic


/ˌsɪnɪˈmætəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
a combined camera, printer, and projector
to take pictures (of) with a film camera
Word Origin
C19 (earlier spelling kinematograph): from Greek kinēmat-, kinēma motion + -graph
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