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ki·​ne·​scope ˈki-nə-ˌskōp How to pronounce kinescope (audio)
 also  ˈkī-
: a motion picture made from an image on a picture tube


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kinescoped; kinescoping

transitive verb

: to make a kinescope of

Did you know?

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
For me, watching Hayes as Levant — like watching kinescopes of Levant himself — is excruciatingly sad. Jesse Green, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2023 In order to produce the best quality, Desi also asked to shoot with the costlier 35mm film rather than grainy kinescope technology. Raj Tawney, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 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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Word History



from Kinescope, a trademark

First Known Use


1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinescope was in 1930

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“Kinescope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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