[ foh-tuh-kron-uh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˌfoʊ təˈkrɒn əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /


a device formerly used for taking a series of instantaneous photographs of a rapidly moving object.
a picture taken by such a device.
a chronograph in which the tracing or record is made by a pencil of light on a sensitized surface.
an instrument for measuring small intervals of time by the photographic trace of a pencil of light.

Origin of photochronograph

First recorded in 1885–90; photo- + chronograph

Related forms

pho·to·chro·nog·ra·phy [foh-toh-kruh-nog-ruh-fee] /ˌfoʊ toʊ krəˈnɒg rə fi/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for photochronograph


/ (ˌfəʊtəʊˈkrɒnəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /


physics an instrument for measuring very small time intervals by the trace made by a beam of light on a moving photographic film

Derived Forms

photochronography (ˌfəʊtəʊkrəˈnɒɡrəfɪ), noun
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