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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Other Words from photographic

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

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Their country estate is the site of many important photographic family milestones—the Cambridge family Christmas card was also taken on the Anmer Hall grounds. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Princess Charlotte’s Adorable New Portraits for Her 4th Birthday," 1 May 2019 This is where my memory comes back in a photographic manner. Vogue, "Chance the Rapper Shares the First Photos From His Wedding," 11 Mar. 2019 Exceptional care would be required, given that Einstein’s calculated deflection was only 1.7 seconds of arc—that is, a displacement of a mere sixtieth of a millimeter on a photographic plate. Andrew Robinson, WSJ, "The Experiment That Made Einstein Famous," 14 Feb. 2019 And new medical and photographic practices made their first appearance on the battlefield. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘A Fierce Glory’ Review: Victory at a Very High Price," 21 Sep. 2018 Diane Arbus is known for her unsettling photographic portraits of people on the outskirts of society. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "A Window into the World of Diane Arbus," 24 Apr. 2018 Those copiers typically handle larger paper used for posters and photographic prints. Maria Armental, WSJ, "HP Profit Surges as PC Business Remains Strong," 29 Nov. 2018 One involved taking pictures of coffins for a catalog; another involved squeegeeing photographic prints for The New York Times. Sarah Boxer, New York Times, "Weegee the Famous: The Master of Down-and-Dirty Street Photography," 1 June 2018 Ever since, photographic records have made powerful claims to objectivity, but objective perception often amounts to a belief in conventions of measurement. Allain Daigle, The Atlantic, "How the 50-mm Lens Became ‘Normal’," 13 May 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 How to pronounce photographic (audio) \

Kids Definition of photographic

: obtained by or used in photography

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