chro·​no·​graph | \ˈkrä-nə-ˌgraf, ˈkrō-\

Definition of chronograph 

: an instrument for measuring and recording time intervals: such as

a : an instrument having a revolving drum on which a stylus makes marks

b : stopwatch also : a watch incorporating the functions of a stopwatch

c : an instrument for measuring the time of flight of projectiles

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Other Words from chronograph

chronographic \ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈgra-​fik, ˌkrō-​ \ adjective
chronography \krə-​ˈnä-​grə-​fē \ noun

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Also, the watch faces have now been improved, and include a chronograph (called Infograph) and soothing treatments (called Fire and Water, Vapor, and Liquid Metal) which are exclusive to the new model. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Is the New Apple Watch Worth It? A Sleeker, Better Design and Some Spiffy Brand New Features Say Yes," 19 Sep. 2018 It is officially known as the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 116595RBOW, a precious metal chronograph with a sapphire- and diamond-set case., "Hands-On With the Most Extreme New Rolex Available Today," 27 Apr. 2018 The chronograph on the Waterbury measures time to 1/20th of a second. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, "The Sleek, Stylish Watch for Guys With Champagne Taste (and a Beer Budget)," 14 Mar. 2018 An Omega Speedmaster chronograph watch advertised on Omega’s website for $10,600 is the same price at the duty-free store, but is $8,268 at Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Is This the Start of Better Airport Shopping in the U.S.?," 14 Mar. 2018 The Reference 1518 was the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch produced in series by any watch company, and the king's version is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $800,000 at the March 23 auction in Dubai. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "King Farouk of Egypt's Patek Philippe Watch Is Being Sold at Auction," 15 Feb. 2018 Known as the Reference 765, the pocket watch features a minute repeater, chronograph function, and a white enamel dial, as well as a distinctive watch chain seen in many portraits of the British prime minister. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Winning Watches: 5 Timepieces to Spot in This Year’s Crop of Oscar-Nominated Films," 6 Feb. 2018 Though not your average slim-cased dress watch, the Brew chronograph is still sleek enough to dress up or down. Justin Mastine-frost, Esquire, "6 Kickstarter-Funded Watches Worth Your Time," 16 June 2015 The chronograph had become more than a racecourse accessory. Nick Foulkes, A-LIST, "The Story of Slicing and Dicing Time," 24 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of chronograph

1851, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of chronograph

: a device (such as a stopwatch) that is used for measuring and recording time in a very exact way


chro·​no·​graph | \ˈkrän-ə-ˌgraf, ˈkrō-nə- \

Medical Definition of chronograph 

: an instrument for measuring and recording time intervals: as

a : an instrument having a revolving drum on which a stylus makes marks

b : a watch incorporating the functions of a stopwatch

Other Words from chronograph

chronographic \ˌkrän-​ə-​ˈgraf-​ik, ˌkrō-​nə-​ \ adjective
chronography \krə-​ˈnäg-​rə-​fē \ noun

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