[sin-uh-mat-uh-graf, -grahf]Chiefly British


a motion-picture projector.
a motion-picture camera.

verb (used with or without object)

to photograph with a motion-picture camera.

Origin of cinematograph

1895–1900; < French cinématographe, equivalent to cinémat- (< Greek kīnēmat-, stem of kī́nēma motion) + -o- -o- + -graphe -graph
Related formscin·e·mat·o·graph·ic [sin-uh-mat-uh-graf-ik] /ˌsɪn əˌmæt əˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivecin·e·mat·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cinematographic

Historical Examples of cinematographic

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for cinematographic



a combined camera, printer, and projector


to take pictures (of) with a film camera

Word Origin for cinematograph

C19 (earlier spelling kinematograph): from Greek kinēmat-, kinēma motion + -graph
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