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[kron-uh-graf, -grahf]
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  1. a timepiece fitted with a recording device, as a stylus and rotating drum, used to mark the exact instant of an occurrence, especially in astronomy.
  2. a timepiece capable of measuring extremely brief intervals of time accurately, as a stopwatch able to record fractions of a second as well as elapsed time.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to time by means of a chronograph.
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Origin of chronograph

First recorded in 1655–65; chrono- + -graph
Related formschro·nog·ra·pher [kruh-nog-ruh-fer] /krəˈnɒg rə fər/, nounchron·o·graph·ic [kron-uh-graf-ik] /ˌkrɒn əˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivechron·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbchro·nog·ra·phy, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The mode of operating with the chronograph at a race has been thus described.

    Time and Time-Tellers

    James W. Benson

  • This target is used in connection with the Boulenge chronograph.

  • I stopped the chronograph and wrote them down, and the time they occupied.

  • Provide yourself with a chronograph, and it may help you to win prizes by means of good starts.

  • I must mention also a special apparatus invented by astronomers and called a chronograph.

British Dictionary definitions for chronograph


  1. an accurate instrument for recording small intervals of time
  2. any timepiece, esp a wristwatch designed for maximum accuracy
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Derived Formschronographer (krəˈnɒɡrəfə), nounchronographic (ˌkrɒnəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivechronographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for chronograph


"precise time-measuring device," 1868, from chrono- "time" + -graph "instrument for recording; something written." Cf. Greek khronographos "recording time and events" (adj.); "a chronicler" (n.).

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