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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 A machine used in gravure printing 2 A recording electrometer; the graph produced by such a device 3 (cx historical English) An instrument for the reproduction at a distance of pictures, maps, etc., by means of electricity. 4 (cx historical English) A sciagraph. 5 (cx historical English) A cinematograph using the arclight.

  1. n. an apparatus for the electrical transmission of pictures

  2. electrical device used for etching by electrolytic means

Usage examples of "electrograph".

They were answering calls for electrograph and viewplate records on all sorts of subjects from all sections of the city.

They get wire for the electrographs through the Barents Trading Society, but that was approved because it isn't different in kind from the wire they can hand-draw through a plate, just smoother and a whole lot cheaper.