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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
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Examples from the Web for motion-picture camera
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  • He had brought a motion-picture camera and now removed it to roll off a fair amount of film.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
  • There is an auto with a motion-picture camera on top of it photographing our car.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • He opened a workbench built into one wall and brought out a motion-picture camera.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • For by grace of the motion-picture camera, John Bunny's art endures.

  • He was getting his motion-picture camera from the closet when Scotty came in, fully dressed.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • Suddenly a motion-picture camera man bobs up from somewhere.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • It was clear to the explorers that the people had never seen a motion-picture camera before.

    Captured by the Arabs James H. Foster
  • But that term, it appeared, was studio slang; one was shot when one was photographed by a motion-picture camera.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • Hartson Brant, in the rear seat, had a motion-picture camera poised.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • “All over,” laughed Bob, placing the motion-picture camera back in his pocket.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for motion-picture camera

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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