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Cinematograph \Cin`e*mat"o*graph\, n. [Gr. ?, ?, motion + -graph.]

  1. an older name for a movie projector, a machine, combining magic lantern and kinetoscope features, for projecting on a screen a series of pictures, moved rapidly (25 to 50 frames per second) and intermittently before an objective lens, and producing by persistence of vision the illusion of continuous motion; a moving-picture projector; also, any of several other machines or devices producing moving pictorial effects. Other older names for the movie projector are animatograph, biograph, bioscope, electrograph, electroscope, kinematograph, kinetoscope, veriscope, vitagraph, vitascope, zo["o]gyroscope, zo["o]praxiscope, etc.

    The cinematograph, invented by Edison in 1894, is the result of the introduction of the flexible film into photography in place of glass.
    --Encyc. Brit.

  2. A camera for taking chronophotographs for exhibition by the instrument described above.


n. 1 (context rare English) A biographical essay. 2 An early device to show moving pictures on a screen. vb. (context rare transitive English) To write a biography of.

Biograph (album)

Biograph is a box set compilation spanning the career of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on November 7, 1985 by Columbia Records. Consisting of 53 released and unreleased tracks from 1962 to 1981, the box set was released as both a five-LP set and a three- compact disc set. Biograph reached #33 on the Billboard 200 in the US and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. It is widely perceived as the first-ever boxset.


Biograph may refer to:

  • An early form of the cinematograph, made by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, a motion picture company founded in 1895 and active until 1928
  • Biograph (album), a 1985 box set compiling music by Bob Dylan
  • Biograph girl, a nickname given to some early silent film actresses
  • Biograph Studios, a studio facility and film laboratory complex built in 1912 by the Biograph Company in the Bronx, New York
  • Biograph Theater, a historic Chicago movie theater

Usage examples of "biograph".

I am the one poet who wrote them songs when they were Biograph heroines, before their names were put on the screen, or the name of their director.

This one-reel work of art has been reissued of late by the Biograph Company.

The best of the old one-reel Biographs of Griffith contained more in twenty minutes than these ambitious incontinent six-reel displays give us in two hours.

That damned biograph left too much unsaid, particularly apparent to a brawn trainee.

The police did not supply faxes and biographs to anyone who walked in off the street and asked for them.

I looked at him in the light from the Biograph marquee and I remembered Mom's story about the people dipping their handkerchiefs in Dillinger's blood and I heard the old hymn start in my head ARE YOU WASHED are you washed ARE you WASHED in the BLOOD of the Lamb and I remembered how we all thought he hung out with us freaks in the hope of leading us back to the church holy Roman Catholic and apostolic as Dad called it when he was drunk and bitter.