Definitions

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

  • n. An early type of photograph made by imaging a negative on glass backed by a dark surface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an early type of photograph in which a glass negative appears positive when displayed on a black background

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A picture taken on a plate of prepared glass, in which the lights are represented in silver, and the shades are produced by a dark background visible through the unsilvered portions of the glass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In photography, a picture made by applying a dark backing to the face of a thin negative on glass.

Etymologies

Greek ambrotos, immortal; see ambrosia + type.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Father suggested that we put a written notice in the business office, and that very afternoon Dr. Richards knocked at our door, saying the ambrotype was his.

    Bad Hugh

  • Tell Miss Ella I was looking at her "ambrotype" last Sunday in church, my cousin admired it very much, indeed I am afraid he will fall in love with it which would certainly be quite unfortunate as she is engaged.

    Augusta County: Clinton Hatcher to Mary Anna Sibert, May 29, 1861

  • The process flourished less than two decades before "ambrotype," the next of many successively faster and cheaper photographic processes, began to replace it.

    Merced Sun-Star: front

  • Your ambrotype stills keeps good, and as I gaze on it my heart is with you then again.

    Letter from Young John Allen to his mother, Nancy Hutchins,October 7, 1867

  • In November 1863 Phylinda Humiston heard of the story and recognized the details of the ambrotype.

    Children of the Battlefield

  • Removing a small ambrotype from his pocket, he looked at the 3 children whom he would never see again and there died.

    Children of the Battlefield

  • In January 1864 Dr. Bourns traveled to Porterville to return the ambrotype to Phylinda.

    Children of the Battlefield

  • In order to accomplish this he had copies of the ambrotype made into the popularcartes de visite and had them distributed in the north.

    Children of the Battlefield

  • This hand-colored ambrotype of Olivia Langdon was probably made in 1867.

    Mark Twain

  • Ada wished there were a way to capture what she was hearing in the way an ambrotype captures images, so it could be held in reserve for the benefit of a future whose residents might again need access to what it stood for.

    Cold Mountain

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