ho·​lo·​gram | \ˈhō-lə-ˌgram, ˈhä- \

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

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Those holograms aren’t the only ghostly presences in the novel. Daryl Gregory, New York Times, "A Debut Novel Traces the Boundary Between Life and Death," 1 Feb. 2018 The glass is mounted atop a wooden box, from which the hologram emanates. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Sweat lodge, Audre Lorde, magical holograms: Three stellar art shows that pull you to another place," 10 Mar. 2018 While the holograms may seem a bit cheesy compared to the latest video game graphics, Hololens is a big step forward. Seung Lee, Newsweek, "Five Things to Take Away From Microsoft’s Windows 10 Event," 6 Oct. 2015 The one that incorporates holograms of saints sewn into the fabric? Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Trinity of Opinions on the Met’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’," 20 May 2018 Over the weekend, rumors swirled that Jackson would be making a surprise appearance and that Timberlake would be performing alongside a hologram of Minneapolis’ native son, the late Prince. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Timberlake Performs with Prince Projection After Widespread Criticism at Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2018 The holy grail is a scenario in which all of your screens — phone, laptop, television set — are no longer necessary, replaced by interactive holograms that simulate, or improve on, their essential functions. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality," 14 June 2018 With holograms, shows can be created that fans could previously only dream about. Cortney Harding, Billboard, "Hologram Company Behind Dio & Frank Zappa Tours Gets $2M Investment From Thomas Dolan," 16 May 2018 Attention to detail of the utmost level, from every handmade ceramic tea cup to delicate glassware that feels like holding a hologram. Bon Appetit, "Momofuku Ko," 25 June 2018

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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, 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, ˈhäl-ə- \

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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