ki·​ne·​scope | \ ˈki-nə-ˌskōp How to pronounce kinescope (audio) also ˈkī- \

Definition of kinescope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a motion picture made from an image on a picture tube


kinescoped; kinescoping

Definition of kinescope (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a kinescope of

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Kinescope, originally a trademark for the cathode-ray tube in a TV, later became the name for a film of a TV screen showing a live broadcast. In order for a program to be seen beyond New York in the early days of TV, a kinescope had to be shipped from station to station. Though grainy and fuzzy, these were for a time the only way of capturing live shows. But in 1951 Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball decided to film their comedy show rather than to broadcast it live, and in a few years live broadcast comedy and drama had vanished from the airwaves.

Examples of kinescope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the surface the old episodes—some of them represented by clips from fuzzy black-and-white kinescopes—are charming antiques, what with their leisurely pace and production values that seemed quaintly retro even way back when. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 June 2018 It was captured via kinescope, a primitive technique that aimed a camera at a TV screen to record the broadcast on film. Paul Sullivan,, 15 Apr. 2018 A kinescope of the black-and-white broadcast, not great quality but good enough, was finally made available on DVD in 2004. Anthony Tommasini, James R. Oestreich, Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, David Allen, Michael Cooper And Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2016 The kinescopes of the game — which had not been seen since its original broadcast, the same as Super Bowl I — had been found in Bing Crosby’s old wine cellar. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2016 A kinescope of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees was discovered in Bing Crosby’s wine cellar. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of kinescope


1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinescope


from Kinescope, a trademark

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“Kinescope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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