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.

Nearby words

  1. freewheeler,
  2. freewheeling,
  3. freewill,
  4. freewill offering,
  5. freeze,
  6. freeze one's blood,
  7. freeze out,
  8. freeze-dried,
  9. freeze-dry,
  10. freeze-drying

Origin of freeze frame

First recorded in 1955–60

Related formsfreeze-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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