Definition of kinescope in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkinəˌskōp/


US dated
1A television picture tube.
Example sentences
  • The procedure became obsolete when tape came in except that there were some foreign markets where the stations weren't equipped for tape, and if you wanted to sell your shows over there, you had to run kinescopes.
  • The fantasy itself is ‘drawn out’ of archival TV kinescopes, wondrously haunted artifacts of mid-century media archeology.
  • I said, it's better than when we did it - when we first did it, because we did it on kinescope.
1.1A film recording of a television broadcast.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, the kinescopes suggest that practically from the medium's outset, television producers built their shows for speed: fragmented, episodic, highly visual bursts of energy.
  • Years later when I watched some old kinescopes, the only part of the show that held my interest was the daily installment of Tom Terrific.
  • The kinescope is apparently lost but I'm sure it was wonderful.


1930s: originally a proprietary name, from Greek kinēsis 'movement' + -scope.

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Syllabification: kin·e·scope

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