Dictionary

photo finish

noun

: a finish in a race in which the racers are so close that the judges have to look at a photograph of the racers crossing the finish line to see who has won

Full Definition of PHOTO FINISH

1
:  a race or finish in which contestants are so close that a photograph of them as they cross the finish line has to be examined to determine the winner
2
:  a close contest

First Known Use of PHOTO FINISH

1936

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: photofinisherPrevious Word in the Dictionary: photofabricationAll Words Near: photo finish
April 01, 2015
diapause Hear it
a period of physiological dormancy
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears