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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Other Words from photographic

photographically \ˌfō-tə-ˈgra-fi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of photographic in a Sentence

photographic images of the galaxy

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Traditional photographic techniques couldn’t capture the breadth of the paintings. Liesl Bradner,, "The murals of Tibet, with an assist from the Dalai Lama," 26 Apr. 2018 According to BuzzFeed, Katarina Zarutskie shared the photographic proof of a recent photo attempt that resulted in injury. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Influencer Reveals She Was Bitten by Nurse Shark While Trying to Get a Photo," 11 July 2018 The counter where you order food is nondescript, but the rest of the room gains a nice vibe from large photographic art works on the walls. Tim Smith,, "Good pizza, pasta and more at Pie in the Sky," 27 June 2018 The leap from real people to actors brandishing guns for theatrical effect was both quick and widespread as photographic technologies improved. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "How Portraiture Gave Rise to the Glamour of Guns," 23 Mar. 2018 Blanco was a tourist from Argentina on vacation taking a photographic tour of the city when she was killed, according to deputy consul general Eduardo Almirantearena, who spoke to CNN. Caitlin Keating,, "Video Captures Helicopter Victims' Final Moments Before Crashing in N.Y.C.'s East River," 12 Mar. 2018 Her photographic images have placed her as one of six finalists for the prestigious Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape prize that includes a $25,000 fellowship. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "Laurel photographer's perceptions of beauty," 12 July 2018 Five stained cloth draperies are slung from rods attached to the ceiling of the gallery, and seven or so frames present faint photographic images of weedy fields. Charles Desmarais,, "Charles Desmarais’ art pick for July 15: Susanne Kriemann’s ‘Canopy, canopy’," 7 July 2018 The figures’ bodies are hand-drawn, but their heads are all photographic images of Lee’s face. Sharon Mizota,, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018

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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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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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