cin·​e·​mat·​o·​graph | \ ˌsi-nə-ˈma-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce cinematograph (audio) \

Definition of cinematograph

chiefly British
: a motion-picture camera, projector, theater, or show

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Recent Examples on the Web Institut Lumière Film lovers won’t want to miss out on Institut Lumière, a museum that pays homage to brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière, the inventors of the cinematograph. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Why You Should Head Straight to Lyon the Next Time You’re in France," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cinematograph

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cinematograph

French cinématographe, from Greek kinēmat-, kinēma movement (from kinein to move) + French -o- + -graphe -graph — more at -kinesis

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The first known use of cinematograph was in 1896

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“Cinematograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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cin·​e·​mat·​o·​graph | \ ˌsin-ə-ˈmat-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce cinematograph (audio) \

Medical Definition of cinematograph

: a visual record obtained by cinematography cinematographs of the spontaneously fibrillating auricleJournal of the American Medical Association

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