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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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Related Words for chronographic

sequential, historical, classified, dated, ordered, progressive, temporal, sequent, chronographic, chronologic, chronometric, chronometrical, junctural, tabulated

Examples from the Web for chronographic

Historical Examples of chronographic

  • A reproduction of the chronographic record of one of these experiments is seen in figure 9.

    Descriptive Zoopraxography

    Eadweard Muybridge

  • The influence of Hippolytus was felt chiefly through his works on chronographic and ecclesiastical law.

British Dictionary definitions for chronographic


  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 chronographic



"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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