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 Search inside handbags and accessories for tags with holograms and serial numbers (my Fendi bag has both). Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Thrift shopping secrets: Scoop up Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Gucci for a few bucks | Doreen’s Deals," 8 Sep. 2019 Max Siedentopf While security holograms add an interesting layer deadpan IDs, Siedentopf suggests that perhaps the practice of using the traditional paper booklets is up for a rethink. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "An artist is turning boring passport photos into bizarre portraits," 27 Aug. 2019 Courtesy of mixed-reality company, VNTANA, the museum will also use immersive technology to create hologram-like images of stand-out moments from some of Elliott’s most popular music videos. Nadia Neophytou, The Hollywood Reporter, "Missy Elliott’s Costume Designer on the Rapper’s Style and MTV’s Interactive Museum," 23 Aug. 2019 Perhaps most garish are the recent attempts to put deceased stars back onstage with hologram technology. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "There could only be one Woodstock," 15 Aug. 2019 In the two new studies, Deisseroth's and Yuste's groups targeted predefined sets of cells by sculpting the laser beam into a hologram with a device called a spatial light modulator. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Laser holograms stimulate brain cells in mice to probe roots of perception and hallucination," 18 July 2019 March 2019 - Yang explores the possibility of using a 3D hologram to be able to campaign remotely in two or three places at once. Cnn Library, CNN, "Andrew Yang Fast Facts," 28 Aug. 2019 The most famous person associated with digisexuality is probably Akihiko Kondo, a Japanese man who in 2018 married a hologram of Hatsune Miku, a 16-year-old virtual pop star, a piece of voice synthesizing software developed by Crypton Future Media. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "You Are Already Having Sex With Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 And the power of imagination had been put into rooms that could generate holograms of any environment. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Technology and Mankind’s Shrinking Dominion," 19 July 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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16 Oct 2019

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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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