[ uh-sil-uh-graf, -grahf ]

  1. a device for recording the wave-forms of changing currents, voltages, or any other quantity that can be translated into electric energy, as sound waves.

Origin of oscillograph

First recorded in 1870–75; oscill(ate) + -o- + -graph

Other words from oscillograph

  • os·cil·lo·graph·ic [uh-sil-uh-graf-ik], /əˌsɪl əˈgræf ɪk/, adjective
  • os·cil·log·ra·phy [os-uh-log-ruh-fee], /ˌɒs əˈlɒg rə fi/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for oscillograph


/ (ɒˈsɪləˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /

  1. a device for producing a graphical record of the variation of an oscillating quantity, such as an electric current

Derived forms of oscillograph

  • oscillographic (ɒˌsɪləˈɡræfɪk), adjective
  • oscillography (ˌɒsɪˈlɒɡrəfɪ), noun

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