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motion picture

a sequence of consecutive pictures of objects photographed in motion by a specially designed camera (motion-picture camera) and thrown on a screen by a projector (motion-picture projector) in such rapid succession as to give the illusion of natural movement.
a play, event, or the like, presented in this form.
motion pictures, the art, technique, or business of producing motion pictures.
Also called movie, moving picture.
Origin of motion picture
First recorded in 1890-95
Related forms
motion-picture, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for motion picture
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  • The motion picture and the phonograph were just coming into the public eye.

    The Chamber of Life Green Peyton Wertenbaker
  • In the tropics all motion picture houses are open-air institutions.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • Faster and faster the trees and banks flashed by, like the screen of a motion picture.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • After the speeches there will be a motion picture, and some vaudeville by a magician from Keith's.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • The silence was like a motion picture with a dead sound track.

    Perchance to Dream Richard Stockham
British Dictionary definitions for motion picture

motion picture

(US & Canadian)
  1. a sequence of images of moving objects photographed by a camera and providing the optical illusion of continuous movement when projected onto a screen
  2. a form of entertainment, information, etc, composed of such a sequence of images and shown in a cinema, etc
Also called film
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