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

OTHER WORDS FROM freeze frame

freeze-frame, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for freeze-frame



films television a single frame of a film repeated to give an effect like a still photograph
a single frame of a video recording viewed as a still by stopping the tape


(tr) to make a freeze-frame of (an image)
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