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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Captain Royd Eris, who communicates only through voice or hologram projections. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Nightflyers has the bloody body count we expect from George R.R. Martin," 29 Nov. 2018 Some hold sculptural dioramas and others, 3-D holograms that mimic the dioramas. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In a Los Angeles Exhibition, 3-D in All Its Dimensions," 29 June 2018 The Kate Moss hologram, the wolves—each and every one of them incredible. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "This Photographer Might Be the Most Influential, Unknown Woman at Fashion Week," 5 Sep. 2018 New technology will allow people to hear his heart-wrenching experience firsthand for decades, maybe even centuries – via an interactive hologram. Michelle Chavez, Fox News, "Future generations can speak to Holocaust survivors – via hologram technology," 25 July 2018 Exhibitions pull from the MIT Museum’s collection, which covers a vast intellectual territory with more than one million holograms, films, photographs, technical archives, and objects. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Museums in Boston You'll Want To Visit," 17 July 2018 He was supposed to share a scene with the three-time Oscar winner in the 2014 film The Giver but arrived on set to learn Streep was not even in the country—her character would appear as a hologram, and she would be shot against a green screen later. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "Alexander Skarsgård in His Element," 6 Sep. 2018 Here’s how visual-effects companies like Digital Domain — which created the Tupac hologram at Coachella — capture famous faces from every conceivable angle for digital recreation. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Twitter earnings, Why the stock market is falling," 25 Oct. 2018 On Thursday, students made hologram machines out of clear plastic pyramids and toasted Pop-Tarts outside in solar ovens they’d made out of pizza boxes on Tuesday. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Kids slime, splash and cook their way through scientific principles in camp led by LCHS students," 3 July 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 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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