contact print


: a photographic print made with the negative in contact with the sensitized paper, plate, or film

Examples of contact print in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each color picture cost about seventy-five dollars in today’s money for film, processing, and a contact print. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 17 Feb. 2023 Films weren’t protected by copyright until 1912 but photos were, so savvy producers deposited their films as paper contact prints (entire motion pictures were submitted that way). Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2020 These nanoparticles are photosensitive, resembling the silver chloride contact printing paper still used in today's darkrooms. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 1 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contact print was in 1890

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“Contact print.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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