- a cellulose nitrate or cellulose acetate composition made in thin sheets or strips and coated with a sensitive emulsion for taking photographs.
- a strip or roll of this.
- the coating of emulsion on such a sheet or strip or on a photographic plate.
- a strip of transparent material, usually cellulose triacetate, covered with a photographic emulsion and perforated along one or both edges, intended for the recording and reproduction of images.
- a similar perforated strip covered with an iron oxide emulsion (magfilm), intended for the recording and reproduction of both images and sound.
- motion picture.
verb (used with object)
- to photograph with a motion-picture camera.
- to reproduce in the form of motion pictures: to film a novel.
verb (used without object)
Origin of film
Synonyms for film
Related Words for filmflick, picture, cinema, show, footage, shoot, photograph, layer, fold, skin, integument, cloud, web, sheet, fabric, dusting, haze, membrane, opacity, blur
Examples from the Web for film
Contemporary Examples of film
It was seen by a small delegation of star-struck prelates and dignitaries who later described the film as “moving.”
Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.
You write a lot about how you were a jerk or a snob when it came to comedy or film.
What made you want to write a memoir now about your “addiction” to film?
A lot of your reflections on the classics are pretty intense, have you ever thought about being a film critic?
Historical Examples of film
Over them lay a film, like that which veils the eyes of some dead thing.Within the Law
Now ensued a spell of calm weather, with a film of haze over the sky.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
The film formed after which none of us had ever seen recovery.Lotus Buds
In a few minutes every port was covered with a film of the weird stuff.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
She looked at him through a film of tears, her face drawn and startled.Love-at-Arms
- a sequence of images of moving objects photographed by a camera and providing the optical illusion of continuous movement when projected onto a screen
- a form of entertainment, information, etc, composed of such a sequence of images and shown in a cinema, etc
- (as modifier)film techniques
- to photograph with a cine camera
- to make a film of (a screenplay, event, etc)
Word Origin for film
Old English filmen "membrane, thin skin," from West Germanic *filminjan (cf. Old Frisian filmene "skin," Old English fell "hide"), extended from Proto-Germanic *fello(m) "animal hide," from PIE *pel- (4) "skin, hide" (cf. Greek pella, Latin pellis "skin").
Sense of "a thin coat of something" is 1570s, extended by 1845 to the coating of chemical gel on photographic plates. By 1895 this also meant the coating plus the paper or celluloid. First used of "motion pictures" in 1905.
c.1600, "to cover with a film," from film (v.). Meaning "to make a movie of" is from 1899. Related: Filmed; filming.