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 chronographic (audio) , ˌkrō-​ \ adjective
chronography \ krə-​ˈnä-​grə-​fē How to pronounce chronography (audio) \ noun

Examples of chronograph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hermès bag, $6,000, Hermès stores nationwide THE WATCH Get dialed in with a chic chronograph. WSJ, "Five Men’s Accessories Inspired By Nature," 28 Feb. 2020 Velocities were measured with the muzzle 12 inches from the chronograph, and the results are shown in the accompanying chart. Brad Fitzpatrick, Outdoor Life, "How To Choose The Best Shotgun Barrel Length," 14 June 2019 IWC Schaffhausen’s pilot black chronograph top gun. Katie Intner,, "Tom Brady Tries to 'Treasure Every Second' With His Family: 'Prioritize the Things You Love'," 17 July 2019 The Galaxy’s classic chronograph styling hides impressive smart-watch technology. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019 For Valentine's Day this year, the mother-of-two gifted her boyfriend a blue and silver Audemars Piguet Royal Oak chronograph watch. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Gets the Best Gift From Boyfriend Alex Rodriguez for Their Two Year Anniversary," 18 Feb. 2019 Davide Cerrato, formerly of Tudor and now watch boss at Montblanc, brought with him a little of this bronze magic and its use in the vintage-themed 1858 chronograph results in a genuinely charming timepiece. Wei Koh, A-LIST, "How the Watch Industry Plundered the Periodic Table," 3 Apr. 2018 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

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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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“Chronograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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

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