pho·​to·​graph·​ic | \ˌfō-tə-ˈgra-fik \

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 \ adverb

Examples of photographic in a Sentence

photographic images of the galaxy

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The photographic tour de force, a five-page foldout, connects then and now in a continuum of the society’s legacy of conservation. Cathy Newman, WSJ, "Saving Earth’s Oldest Living Things," 7 Dec. 2018 And then there is the poster section of the box; huge fold-out photographic conversations around our experiences. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "10+ Magazine Is the New Boxed Publication From Fashion Stylist and Publisher Sophia Neophitou," 22 Nov. 2018 In addition to their new photographic capabilities, the $1,449 Mavic 2 Pro and $1,249 Mavic 2 Zoom are advanced, easy to fly, and reliable consumer drones. Vjeran Pavic, The Verge, "DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom take drone photography to new heights," 6 Sep. 2018 After seeing his photographic memory and intelligence in action, attorney Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires him on the spot, and for the remainder of the series, Ross struggles to keep his nonexistent Harvard Law degree a secret. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Meghan Markle has another big wedding day coming," 24 Apr. 2018 Your smartphone alone gives you superhuman knowledge and a photographic memory, so long as the internet connection and the camera work. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Predator Vision Has Never Been Cheaper," 4 Jan. 2017 The Reception Huge white tents were set up on the property, according to the Daily Mail, and photographic evidence included in their report shows several boxes of champagne and water. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Here's Everything We Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's Wedding to Brad Falchuk," 30 Sep. 2018 But sometimes, there's photographic evidence, like this viral video, currently making the rounds online, that shows a woman whose lash extensions ended up gluing her eyes shut. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "A Woman Sealed Her Eyes Shut After Using Superglue on Her Lash Extensions," 15 Aug. 2018 By important demographic measures, Southeast D.C. is a photographic negative of the prosperity that has transformed much of the District. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Are D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods falling off the electoral map?," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of photographic

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of photographic

: obtained by or used in photography

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