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chronograph

[kron-uh-graf, -grahf] /ˈkrɒn əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
noun
1.
a timepiece fitted with a recording device, as a stylus and rotating drum, used to mark the exact instant of an occurrence, especially in astronomy.
2.
a timepiece capable of measuring extremely brief intervals of time accurately, as a stopwatch able to record fractions of a second as well as elapsed time.
verb (used with object)
3.
to time by means of a chronograph.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; chrono- + -graph
Related forms
chronographer
[kruh-nog-ruh-fer] /krəˈnɒg rə fər/ (Show IPA),
noun
chronographic
[kron-uh-graf-ik] /ˌkrɒn əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
chronographically, adverb
chronography, noun
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Examples from the web for chronograph
  • The chronograph is used for the purpose of recording the time of transits of stars as observed with the transit instrument.
  • Either two or three chronograph stations can be used.
British Dictionary definitions for chronograph

chronograph

/ˈkrɒnəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf; ˈkrəʊnə-/
noun
1.
an accurate instrument for recording small intervals of time
2.
any timepiece, esp a wristwatch designed for maximum accuracy
Derived Forms
chronographer (krəˈnɒɡrəfə) noun
chronographic (ˌkrɒnəˈɡræfɪk) adjective
chronographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for chronograph
n.

"precise time-measuring device," 1868, from chrono- "time" + -graph "instrument for recording; something written." Cf. Greek khronographos "recording time and events" (adj.); "a chronicler" (n.).

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