ho·​lo·​gram | \ ˈhō-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce hologram (audio) , ˈhä- How to pronounce hologram (audio) \

Definition of hologram

: a three-dimensional image reproduced from a pattern of interference produced by a split coherent beam of radiation (such as a laser) also : the pattern of interference itself

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A hologram is a picture of a "whole" object, showing it in three dimensions. We've all seen cheap hologram images on credit cards and ID cards (where they help prevent copying). Far more impressive are large holograms that take the form of a ghostly 3-D moving figure that you can walk around to see from all angles. Holograms were invented in 1947 but only perfected after the invention of the laser in 1960. Today they're used in such technologies as compact-disc players and checkout scanners, and holograms can be created of the inside of live internal organs to permit doctors to examine the organs in great detail. And soon televisions with hologram technology may enable us to watch in "3-D".

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For Wright, the only tricky thing about performing with a hologram is playing drums to a click-track. Steve Knopper, chicagotribune.com, "'We're not trying to raise the dead,' says Dio drummer Simon Wright of the Ronnie James Dio hologram show hitting town," 13 June 2019 In the final years of his life, to better understand the wave function more generally, Hawking and his collaborators started applying holography — a blockbuster new approach that treats space-time as a hologram. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning," 6 June 2019 The holograms will be accompanied by live stage music, singers and performers, according to Music & Event Management Inc. Sarah Horne, Cincinnati.com, "See Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly live in Cincinnati. Well, kind of.," 19 June 2019 By definition, a hologram represents an image in three dimensions. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "'Hologram' images of Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly will be projected in Indianapolis show," 18 June 2019 Yet things take a wild turn when she’s poisoned into a coma by her greedy aunt (Susan Pourfar) intent on substituting the real Ashley for a hologram. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Black Mirror producers on that Miley Cyrus episode and a creepy pop star trend," 5 June 2019 The news from some physicists like the late Stephen Hawking is that the universe might be a hologram, an illusion like the three-dimensional images on a bank card. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’," 10 May 2018 The three girls and robot literally crash into Catherine's presentation of the hologram to investors, with the police in tow, and Ashley flips the bird to her deserving aunt. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The Miley Cyrus 'Black Mirror' episode is Hannah Montana gone mad," 5 June 2019 Filoni has also said that Ray Park will return to the franchise to perform motion-capture work as Darth Maul, the sith apprentice who seemed to die in 1999’s The Phantom Menace but unexpectedly appeared briefly via hologram in Solo. John Gilpatrick, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know About the Future of Star Wars," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of hologram

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hologram

holo- + -gram

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The first known use of hologram was in 1949

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English Language Learners Definition of hologram

: a special kind of picture that is produced by a laser and that looks three-dimensional


ho·​lo·​gram | \ ˈhō-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce hologram (audio) , ˈhä-\

Kids Definition of hologram

: a three-dimensional picture made by laser light reflected onto a photographic substance without the use of a camera


ho·​lo·​gram | \ ˈhō-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce hologram (audio) , ˈhäl-ə- How to pronounce hologram (audio) \

Medical Definition of hologram

: a three-dimensional image reproduced from a pattern of interference produced by a split coherent beam of radiation (as from a laser) also : the pattern of interference itself

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