chro·​no·​graph | \ ˈkrä-nə-ˌgraf How to pronounce chronograph (audio) , 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 How to pronounce chronograph (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \ adjective
chronography \ krə-​ˈnä-​grə-​fē How to pronounce chronograph (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Zenith introduced its high-frequency Defy 21 chronograph to great fanfare in 2017, and continues to iterate the model in bold aesthetic directions. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, "Zenith’s Latest Defy 21 High-Frequency Chronograph is Downright Electric," 24 Mar. 2021 The Nautilus 5980, a rose gold chronograph sports watch from Patek Philippe that has a retail price of $85,000, can seldom be found on 47th Street for much less than $200,000. New York Times, "Here’s How Bored Rich People Are Spending Their Extra Cash," 20 Mar. 2021 In 2013, the Grand Complication with minute repeater, Grand Sonnerie, monopusher Rattrapante chronograph, perpetual calendar, moonphase indication and more built into it. Roberta Naas, Forbes, "Wilhelm Schmid, CEO Of A. Lange & Sohne, Shares Plans For Brand’s Future," 19 Mar. 2021 Four other green Royal Oaks with tapisserie dials were also introduced on tourbillon and chronograph models. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "From New Royal Oaks to More Code 11.59 Models: Here Are All the Watches from Audemars Piguet in 2021 So Far," 19 Mar. 2021 It is powered by the Caliber MB M16.29 manually wound movement with monopusher and column-wheel chronograph. Roberta Naas, Forbes, "Montblanc Unveils 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Before Geneva Watch Show," 10 Mar. 2021 Breitling partnered with the company to co-design the new Deus chronograph. Carol Besler, Forbes, "The Watch As Plot Device: Breitling Top Time Deus (Ex Machina) Limited Edition," 3 Mar. 2021 Instead of the original’s zirconium oxide ceramic, the new watch’s case, chronograph pusher and pin buckle are made from Ceratanium. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, "IWC’s Latest Pilot’s Watch Revives a Beloved ’90s Classic With Fresh Materials," 26 Feb. 2021 Named for the iconic Royal Air Force fighter plane, the Spitfire Chronograph features the brand’s self-winding 69380 chronograph movement with a day and date display. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, "3 bronze watches that deserve first place in your collection," 7 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of chronograph

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chronograph

probably borrowed from French chronographe, from chrono- chrono- + -graphe -graph

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The first known use of chronograph was in 1851

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4 Apr 2021

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“Chronograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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- How to pronounce chronograph (audio) \

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-​ How to pronounce chronograph (audio) \ adjective
chronography \ krə-​ˈnäg-​rə-​fē How to pronounce chronograph (audio) \ noun

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