pho·​to·​graph·​ic | \ ˌfō-tə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce photographic (audio) \

Definition of photographic

1 : relating to, obtained by, or used in photography
2 : representing nature and human beings with the exactness of a photograph
3 : capable of retaining vivid impressions a photographic memory

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photographically \ ˌfō-​tə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce photographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of photographic in a Sentence

photographic images of the galaxy
Recent Examples on the Web Simond has also said that the rayon vert—the green ray—of the film’s title serves as an apt symbol of her photographic process. Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker, "A Young Swiss Photographer’s Transfixing Portraits of the Women in Her Orbit," 20 Feb. 2020 The evidence included a portable photographic slide viewer belonging to Feit that was found near Garza's body. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Ex-priest convicted in Texas beauty queen's murder dies while serving life," 15 Feb. 2020 Before the advent of digital imaging, astronomy was done using photographic plates. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Finding stars that vanished—by scouring old photos," 24 Dec. 2019 This big show in the museum’s main exhibit gallery, will present 180 photographic contact sheets from the collection of the late graphic designer and museum trustee Mark Schwartz. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art unveils 13 shows for 2020 on Picasso, photography, Khmer sculptures and more," 21 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, Parnas' prolific photographic documentation of his time in elite GOP circles has given him ample material to taunt his detractors, often through social media posts his lawyer has set to catchy music. Anchorage Daily News, "How Lev Parnas worked his way into Trump’s world - and now is rattling it," 19 Jan. 2020 The technology at the time used a photographic lens to copy an image from one sheet of paper to another. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Gary Starkweather, inventor of the laser printer, dies at 81," 16 Jan. 2020 Performance photographs are rarely thought of as having the interpretive, authorial voice of powerful reportage, portraiture, or other photographic genres. Melissa Harris, The New York Review of Books, "‘That Single Fleeting Moment’: Merce Cunningham in Images," 11 Jan. 2020 But Morell is well-known for another distinctive photographic approach: camera obscura, a technique that captures inverted views projected through a pinhole onto a surface in a darkened room. National Geographic, "Tired of giving his wife flowers, a photographer created something new," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of photographic

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of photographic was in 1839

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“Photographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of photographic

: relating to or used to make photographs


pho·​to·​graph·​ic | \ ˌfō-tə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce photographic (audio) \

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: obtained by or used in photography

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