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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.

Usage examples of "kinematograph".

The Americans met few peasants in the grounds, and neither at the Edison kinematograph, where they refreshed their patriotism with some scenes of their native life, nor at the little theatre where they saw the sports of the arena revived, in the wrestle of a woman with a bear, did any of the people except tradesmen and artisans seem to be taking part in the festival expression of the popular pleasure.

Valley Theater, the only stage in the Antelope Valley providing the finest in kinematograph and vaudeville entertainment.