pho·​to·​gram·​me·​try | \ ˌfō-tə-ˈgra-mə-trē How to pronounce photogrammetry (audio) \

Definition of photogrammetry

: the science of making reliable measurements by the use of photographs and especially aerial photographs (as in surveying)

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Other Words from photogrammetry

photogrammetric \ ˌfō-​tə-​grə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce photogrammetry (audio) \ adjective
photogrammetrist \ ˌfō-​tə-​ˈgra-​mə-​trist How to pronounce photogrammetry (audio) \ noun

Examples of photogrammetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also as part of coverage around women’s suffrage, USA TODAY used photogrammetry to bring real objects into AR users’ space. USA Today, "USA TODAY ramps up immersive storytelling in 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 The team used both LIDAR (a type of laser scanning) and photogrammetry (photography from multiple angles) to craft a three-dimensional model that captured every detail down to almost an inch—tents, rocks, and all. National Geographic, "Microplastics found near Everest’s peak, highest ever detected in the world," 20 Nov. 2020 As forensic photogrammetry developed, the idea for conducting noninvasive documentation of body surfaces using CT scans, MRIs and 3D surface scanning took root. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of the Autopsy," 11 Nov. 2020 Yet such fragile forms quickly break down once uncovered, so the team recorded each print with a series of photographs to construct a three-dimensional model, a technique known as 3D photogrammetry. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Incredible details of 10,000-year-old trek revealed in fossil footprints," 15 Oct. 2020 Researchers drew on a combination of drone footage, laser cartography, infrared imagery and photogrammetry to bring Pompeii back to life, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP). Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Paris Exhibition Recreates Pompeii’s Final Hours," 2 July 2020 Michal Pieszka, a research and development engineer at KSWC who helped lead the review, told me that the team calculated the sizes of Gabeira and Dupont’s waves using some techniques from photogrammetry. Maggie Mertens, The Atlantic, "This Woman Surfed the Biggest Wave of the Year," 12 Sep. 2020 Experts are exploring the possibility of using a non-invasive method like photogrammetry to create a 3D model of the fossil. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Jaw of 330-Million-Year-Old Shark Discovered in Kentucky Cave," 4 Feb. 2020 Etched with the outline of a human figure carrying a spear, the ancient carving was faint, leading experts to use high-tech methods like 3-D imaging and photogrammetry to recreate it. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Carving Is Helping Archaeologists Unravel the Secrets of Ancient Scottish Warriors," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of photogrammetry

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for photogrammetry

International Scientific Vocabulary photogram photograph (from phot- + -gram) + -metry

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The first known use of photogrammetry was in 1875

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“Photogrammetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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