motion picture


a sequence of consecutive pictures of objects photographed in motion by a specially designed camera (motion-picture camera) and thrown on a screen by a projector (motion-picture projector) in such rapid succession as to give the illusion of natural movement.
a play, event, or the like, presented in this form.
motion pictures, the art, technique, or business of producing motion pictures.

Origin of motion picture

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called movie, moving picture.
Related formsmo·tion-pic·ture, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for motion picture

Contemporary Examples of motion picture

Historical Examples of motion picture

  • He never had any intention of starting a motion-picture company.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • "Because Rick has the only motion-picture camera on the island," Scotty finished.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine

  • There is an auto with a motion-picture camera on top of it photographing our car.

    My Wonderful Visit

    Charlie Chaplin

  • But then, Mr. Pegg did not know of the incident of the motion-picture house.

    It Pays to Smile

    Nina Wilcox Putnam

  • Divide the story into scenes for a motion-picture production.

British Dictionary definitions for motion picture

motion picture


US and Canadian
  1. a sequence of images of moving objects photographed by a camera and providing the optical illusion of continuous movement when projected onto a screen
  2. a form of entertainment, information, etc, composed of such a sequence of images and shown in a cinema, etc
Also called: film
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