daguerreotype

noun
da·​guerre·​o·​type | \ də-ˈger-ō-ˌtīp How to pronounce daguerreotype (audio) , -ˈger-ə-; -ˈge-rō-, -rə- also də-ˈger-ē-ō-ˌtīp, -ˈger-ē-\

Definition of daguerreotype

: an early photograph produced on a silver or a silver-covered copper plate also : the process of producing such photographs

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daguerreotype transitive verb
daguerreotypist \ də-​ˈger-​ō-​ˌtī-​pist How to pronounce daguerreotypist (audio) , -​ˈger-​ə-​ ; -​ˈge-​rō-​ , -​rə-​ also  də-​ˈger-​ē-​ō-​ˌtī-​ , -​ˈger-​ē-​ \ noun
daguerreotypy \ də-​ˈger-​ō-​ˌtī-​pē How to pronounce daguerreotypy (audio) , -​ˈger-​ə-​ ; -​ˈge-​rō-​ , -​rə-​ also  də-​ˈger-​ē-​ō-​ˌtī-​ , -​ˈger-​ē-​ \ noun

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The ships, sheathed in iron, bristled with the latest Victorian-era technology—from steam engines to heated water and an early daguerreotype camera. National Geographic, "In 1845 explorers sought the Northwest Passage—then vanished," 8 Aug. 2019 In addition to saving subjects’ time, daguerreotypes offered affordability and accuracy. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines," 9 July 2019 The photos, also referred to as daguerreotypes, are some of the earliest known photos of slaves. Sarah Jorgensen, CNN, "Harvard professor in 1800s had photos taken of slaves. Now his family wants the school to give the images to their descendants," 20 June 2019 But college officials said the daguerreotypes, which are fragile, are treated carefully to ensure their preservation. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "Agassiz descendants put pressure on Harvard to give up slave photos," 19 June 2019 But fMRI, like a 19th-century daguerreotype, requires subjects to lie perfectly still lest the image become hopelessly blurred. Quanta Magazine, "Infant Brains Reveal How the Mind Gets Built," 10 Jan. 2017 Photography, in the form of the daguerreotype, arrived in the United States from France in 1839. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "Book Review: Snapshots That Changed Minds," 29 Mar. 2019 Such was the case with two 19th-century daguerreotypes housed at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits," 10 July 2018 The researchers’ findings offer a powerful tool for the study of daguerreotype photography. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of daguerreotype

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daguerreotype

French daguerréotype, from L. J. M. Daguerre + French -o- + type

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daguerreotype

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English Language Learners Definition of daguerreotype

: an old type of photograph that was made on a piece of silver or a piece of copper covered in silver

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