- a tough, highly flammable substance consisting essentially of cellulose nitrate and camphor, used in the manufacture of motion-picture and x-ray film and other products.
- motion-picture film.
- Informal. of or involving motion pictures.
Origin of celluloid
Examples from the Web for celluloid
In the most crowd-pleasing section of the exhibition—dubbed Stage and Screen—hang his pictures of celluloid legends.How Horst Captured Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and Vivien Leigh—and Changed Fashion Photography
September 8, 2014
“Everyone could see their love right there on celluloid,” added their son, Stephen Bogart.Bogie & Bacall: A Hollywood Romance for the Ages
August 13, 2014
Of course, a great literary work does not a great film make—if it did, Shakespeare would need merely to be slathered on celluloid.‘The Trial’ & More Top Film Adaptations of Literary Classics (VIDEO)
November 24, 2012
On celluloid, similar fates have been met—sometimes even worse.Will ‘Avatar’ Actress Zoe Saldana Play Legendary Singer Nina Simone?
Karu F. Daniels
August 23, 2012
In her hands, celluloid comes off as a medium that allows for old-fashioned rumination, with some of the slowness of oil paint.Tacita Dean’s ‘Five Americans’ Captures a Quiet Brilliance
May 7, 2012
Good thing I didn't have on a celluloid collar or 'twould have bust into a blaze.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
When the celluloid is put into the solution it will dissolve it.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
For other purposes, steel, hard rubber, and celluloid have taken its place.Commercial Geography
Jacques W. Redway
Sheets of celluloid prepared for sketching are invaluable in sketching in the rain.Manual of Military Training
James A. Moss
That if a spark hits a celluloid collar, the collar will explode.The American Credo
George Jean Nathan
- a flammable thermoplastic material consisting of cellulose nitrate mixed with a plasticizer, usually camphor: used in sheets, rods, and tubes for making a wide range of articles
- a cellulose derivative used for coating film
- one of the transparent sheets on which the constituent drawings of an animated film are prepared
- a transparent sheet used as an overlay in artwork
- cinema film
Word Origin and History for celluloid
transparent plastic made from nitro-celluloses and camphor, 1871, trademark name (reg. U.S.), a hybrid coined by U.S. inventor John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1900) from cellulose + Greek-based suffix -oid. Used figuratively for "motion pictures" from 1934. Abbreviated form cell "sheet of celluloid" is from 1933 (cf. cel).