The Collaborative International Dictionary
Cinematograph \Cin`e*mat"o*graph\, n. [Gr. ?, ?, motion + -graph.]
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.
A camera for taking chronophotographs for exhibition by the instrument described above.