spectrograph

noun
spec·​tro·​graph | \ ˈspek-t(r)ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce spectrograph (audio) \

Definition of spectrograph

: an instrument for dispersing radiation (such as electromagnetic radiation or sound waves) into a spectrum and recording or mapping the spectrum

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Other Words from spectrograph

spectrographic \ ˌspek-​t(r)ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce spectrographic (audio) \ adjective
spectrographically \ ˌspek-​t(r)ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce spectrographically (audio) \ adverb
spectrography \ spek-​ˈträ-​grə-​fē How to pronounce spectrography (audio) \ noun

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The spectral data was collected by a spectrograph built at the university and collected at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Einstein's theory of general relativity stands, a study says -- for now," 25 July 2019 Kate has since seen the bright blue spectrographs showing gaps in conversation—where the pauses occur. Michael Erard, Quartz, "How a doctor and a linguist are using AI to better talk to dying patients," 3 Sep. 2019 Zhao is working on a high-resolution spectrograph called EXPRES (for Extreme Precision Spectrometer) on the Discovery Channel Telescope in Arizona. Corey S. Powell, Scientific American, "The Hunt Is on for Alpha Centauri’s Planets," 5 Aug. 2019 The mission is now slated for a 2025 launch, but, Sunyaev says, some collaborators, including a German team supplying a spectrograph, have dropped out. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Update: Telescope designed to study mysterious dark energy keeps Russia’s space science hopes alive," 15 July 2019 The mission is now slated for a 2025 launch, but, Sunyaev says, some collaborators, including a German team supplying a spectrograph, have dropped out. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Update: Telescope designed to study mysterious dark energy keeps Russia’s space science hopes alive," 15 July 2019 And in recent decades, big questions about the structure and composition of the universe have called for specialized cameras and spectrographs capable of surveying large patches of the sky. Quanta Magazine, "The Astronomer Who’d Rather Build Space Cameras," 18 Apr. 2019 The mission is now slated for a 2025 launch, but, Sunyaev says, some collaborators, including a German team supplying a spectrograph, have dropped out. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Telescope designed to study mysterious dark energy keeps Russia’s space science hopes alive," 10 June 2019 So, a relativistic camera would naturally serve as a spectrograph, allowing researchers to look at an intrinsically redder band of light. Scientific American, "Astronomy at the Speed of Light," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of spectrograph

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spectrograph was in 1884

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spectrograph

noun
spec·​tro·​graph | \ -ˌgraf How to pronounce spectrograph (audio) \

Medical Definition of spectrograph

: an instrument for dispersing radiation (as electromagnetic radiation or sound waves) into a spectrum and photographing or mapping the spectrum

Other Words from spectrograph

spectrographic \ ˌspek-​t(r)ə-​ˈgraf-​ik How to pronounce spectrographic (audio) \ adjective
spectrographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce spectrographically (audio) \ adverb
spectrography \ spek-​ˈträg-​rə-​fē How to pronounce spectrography (audio) \ noun, plural spectrographies

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