freeze frame

or freeze-frame


noun Television, Movies.

an optical effect or technique in which a single frame of film is reprinted in a continuous series, which when shown gives the effect of a still photograph.
a button or other mechanism on a projector, videocassette system, etc., allowing one to stop the projected picture at any point.

Origin of freeze frame

First recorded in 1955–60

Related forms

freeze-frame, adjective
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