One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The use of shading and the projection of shadows to show perspective in architectural or technical drawing.
- ‘His first process, sciagraphy or photogenic drawing, had been an invention.’
- ‘These methods differed from contemporary pictorial practices by their greater science - particularly the use of shadow projection (skiagraphy).’
historical The use of X-rays as a diagnostic tool.‘skiagraphy showed a foreign body, hardly as large as the little fingernail’
Late 16th century: from French sciagraphie, via Latin from Greek skiagraphia, from skia ‘shadow’.
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