pho·​to·​me·​chan·​i·​cal ˌfō-tō-mi-ˈka-ni-kəl How to pronounce photomechanical (audio)
: relating to or involving any of various processes for producing printed matter from a photographically prepared surface
photomechanically adverb

Examples of photomechanical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To do this, the research team embedded photomechanical crystals into a polymer, which could then bend and lift when exposed to light, forming a kind of actuator or motor. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 23 Aug. 2023 Per the Public Domain Review, the artist combined photomechanical printing and photography techniques to create his painterly floral scenes. Isis Davis-Marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Dec. 2020 Your print may indeed be a steel engraving, or perhaps a collotype, which is produced by a photomechanical process. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2020 The fakes, on the other hand, are typically photomechanical reproductions of the originals. New York Times, 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photomechanical was in 1870

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“Photomechanical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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