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

Other Words from photographic

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

Examples of photographic in a Sentence

photographic images of the galaxy
Recent Examples on the Web There’s photographic evidence of at least two MiG-29s flying combat missions while wearing the livery of the Ukrainian air force’s defunct aerobatic team, which disbanded back in 2002. David Axe, Forbes, 22 June 2022 This was a year and a half before the iPhone, and photographic evidence was scarce. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Like a camera obscura of old times, Photolux Festival aims to display a clear and well-defined selection of work from the international photographic scene. Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 Together, the couple became part of the lively photographic and artistic scene in New York in the mid-20th century. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2021 But most of the non-photographic works are abstract, minimalist and often three-dimensional. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Across the room, pinned to the wall, was an enlarged photographic image of an African American woman in a floral dress, sitting at a table on which there was a jug with a grotesque human face. The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The artist will exhibit their first-ever black-and-white 16mm film in addition to new and revisited photographic works, all of which tell the story of Estes' relationship with their late parents and family home. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 2 Feb. 2022 Its sign is now covered with a green Central Camera banner and the sales floor packed with cameras, lenses, photographic film and printing materials. Lauren Zumbach,, 25 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of photographic

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Photographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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: obtained by or used in photography

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