from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A movie camera or projector.
  • n. Chiefly British A movie theater.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A camera that could develop its own film and served as its own projector.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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, zoögyroscope, zoöpraxiscope, etc.
  • n. A camera for taking chronophotographs for exhibition by the instrument described above.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To photograph with a cinematograph; to make a succession of photographic pictures of objects in motion. Also kinematograph.
  • n. An instrument devised in France for projecting on a screen photographs showing objects in motion.


French cinématographe : Greek kīnēma, kīnēmat-, motion (from kīnein, to move; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots) + -graphe, -graph.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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