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freeze frame

or freeze-frame

noun Television, Movies.
  1. 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.
  2. a button or other mechanism on a projector, videocassette system, etc., allowing one to stop the projected picture at any point.
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Origin of freeze frame

First recorded in 1955–60
Related formsfreeze-frame, adjective
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  1. films television a single frame of a film repeated to give an effect like a still photograph
  2. a single frame of a video recording viewed as a still by stopping the tape
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  1. (tr) to make a freeze-frame of (an image)
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