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

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More than 100 photographic and visual works were donated for the first memorial. Washington Post, "Mexico opening memorials to ‘dirty war’ torture, killings," 11 June 2019 In the era before digital CCD cameras and their predecessors, photographic plates, astronomers were required to be artists. Mara Johnson-groh, Quartz, "Art plays an invaluable role in groundbreaking space discoveries," 8 June 2019 Little from photographic tourism has filtered down into the pockets of the rural poor. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Elephant Hunting Has Returned to Botswana. But There Is a Way to Stop It.," 6 June 2019 There's also a photographic celebration of the life of Phoenix native Chester Bennington by Jim Louvau, a Valley photographer who sometimes shoots for azcentral, at MonOrchid. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Local music picks for Phoenix: Flotsam and Jetsam, Wade Cota, Joey DeFrancesco, DaDadoh," 5 June 2019 Golemboski uses different methods of manipulation in the dark room (drawings, photograms, vintage photographic papers) to alter her photographs and turn them into something between illusion and reality. Grace Cote, charlotteobserver, "Here’s what’s coming up in Charlotte’s visual arts," 4 June 2019 But, even with the couple ditching the after show party together, as well as the photographic proof of a friendship between the two women, everyone is still focusing on those pesky love triangle rumors. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Bradley Cooper's Ex-Wife Posted a Cryptic Response to His Relationship With Lady Gaga," 26 Feb. 2019 The items are nearly lost amid long walls of timelines about the discovery and Tut’s celebrity aftermath, along with photographic blow-ups and video talking heads. Christopher Knight,, "How good is the King Tut exhibition? An art critic weighs in," 29 Mar. 2018 Paparazzi spotted the two of them on vacation in Venice, so the Internet now has the photographic proof. Eileen Reslen, Cosmopolitan, "Scott Disick and Sofia Richie Cuddled on a Gondola in Venice," 17 Oct. 2017

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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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