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[sin-uh-mat-uh-graf, -grahf] /ˌsɪn əˈmæt əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/ Chiefly British
a motion-picture projector.
a motion-picture camera.
verb (used with or without object)
to photograph with a motion-picture camera.
Also, kinematograph.
Origin of cinematograph
1895-1900; < French cinématographe, equivalent to cinémat- (< Greek kīnēmat-, stem of kī́nēma motion) + -o- -o- + -graphe -graph
Related forms
[sin-uh-mat-uh-graf-ik] /ˌsɪn əˌmæt əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cinematographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cinematograph
Historical Examples
  • Even railway embankments may be made a cinematograph of delight to the man who has studied land formations.

  • Yes, we go from café to cinematograph and try and keep warm.

  • He had safeguarded Louis' interests under the will in order to rob him afterwards as a cinematograph speculator.

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
  • To-day we are watching a cinematograph which has none of these drawbacks.

  • I wandered all over the country explaining views for the cinematograph.

  • Even Shakespeare on the cinematograph could hardly compete with it.

  • The possibilities of certain branches of teaching have been altogether revolutionized by the cinematograph.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • About this time I had become interested in the cinematograph.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • The thing, in short, made a living picture like a cinematograph.

    Hilda Wade Grant Allen
  • He had no business at all to have suggested me going to the cinematograph with him.

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for cinematograph


/ˌsɪnɪˈmætəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
a combined camera, printer, and projector
to take pictures (of) with a film camera
Word Origin
C19 (earlier spelling kinematograph): from Greek kinēmat-, kinēma motion + -graph
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