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

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

Examples of chronograph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Swiss watchmaker has just unveiled an exclusive version of its classic Carrera chronograph with a dazzling crimson dial. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 The 1969 debut of Zenith's A386 was an horological gamechanger, one that introduced the innovative El Primero calibre, one of first automatic chronograph movements. Yvette Jordan, Town & Country, 17 July 2022 With that, Rieussec became the inventor of the first inking chronograph. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The $3,500 timepiece is an automatic chronograph with a regatta timer, a wristwatch designed for competitive recreational sailing. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 16 July 2022 Prototype pieces, such as the Franck Muller chronograph, however, are not to be overlooked and are always intriguing finds in the secondary market. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 For chronograph buffs, there are two references on offer: a Franck Muller Prototype and a Daniel Roth Monopusher Chronograph. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 The new model introduced yesterday, the Navitimer B02 Chronograph 41 Cosmonaut Limited Edition, has the same all-black dial and 24-hour scale, but the bezel is platinum and the caseback is open to reveal a modern chronograph movement, caliber B02. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 25 May 2022 The timepiece—fitted with a transparent back, blue dial, luminous hands and brown calfskin strap—is also the brand’s first Big Pilot watch with a chronograph (timer) function. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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“Chronograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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