hologram

noun
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".

Examples of hologram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His grandfather ran Taylor-Rasky Funeral, maker of hologram memorial plaques. Lexi Pandell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Remembrance,’ by Lexi Pandell," 20 Nov. 2020 The hologram doesn't move, but the user reviews all extremely positive and impressed with the craft of this Etsy store owner. David Kender, USA TODAY, "40 gifts for the Star Wars fan in your life," 17 Nov. 2020 And yesterday, Fisher shared a photo on Twitter showing Cyborg using a hologram to peek inside some Mother Boxes—a key plot point in the original film that is clearly being preserved in the Snyder cut. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Zack Snyder drops B&W updated version of trailer for Justice League miniseries," 17 Nov. 2020 But researchers have found, to their surprise, that anytime negatively curved space-time pops up like a hologram, particles come along for the ride. Quanta Magazine, "What Is a Particle?," 12 Nov. 2020 Kardashian West's husband, rapper/entrepreneur/aspiring politician Kanye West, surprised her with a hologram of her late father, attorney Robert Kardashian. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Kris Jenner responds to Kendall party backlash," 3 Nov. 2020 Kris Jenner told Cohen that her family became very emotional watching the lifelike hologram of her former husband, who died in 2003 after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Kris Jenner responds to Kendall party backlash," 3 Nov. 2020 When Coachella brought on a Tupac hologram to perform on stage in 2012, the project's final cost reportedly fell somewhere between $100,000 to $400,000 just for a two-song setlist. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Kanye West’s Birthday Gift To Kim Kardashian West Was Sentimental (But Super Weird)," 30 Oct. 2020 During the star's 40th birthday getaway to a private island, her husband Kanye West surprised her with a 3D hologram of Robert Kardashian Sr. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Kanye West Gifts Kim Kardashian With a Hologram of Her Late Father for Her Birthday," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Hologram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hologram. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for hologram

hologram

noun
How to pronounce hologram (audio) How to pronounce hologram (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hologram

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

hologram

noun
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

hologram

noun
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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