Definition: Photograph

From New World Encyclopedia


From photo- (Greek suffix meaning light]] + -graph (Greek suffix meaning writing).


photograph (plural photographs)

  1. A picture created by projecting an image onto a photosensitive surface such as a chemically treated plate or film, CCD receptor, etc.
    I'm glad we live in an era of photographs; now we can see what our favorite celebrities actually look like, not just painters' interpretations!

Derived terms

  • aerial photograph
  • file photograph
  • photo
  • photographer
  • photographic
  • photography
  • X-ray photograph


photograph (third-person singular simple present photographs, present participle photographing, simple past and past participle photographed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To take a photograph (of).
    I had dreams of photographing various landmarks for a stock image library.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To fix permanently in the memory etc.
  3. (intransitive) To appear in a photograph.
    She photographs well. The camera loves her.


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