- 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.
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Examples from the Web for motion picture
His historical research—about motion-picture projectors and medical procedures and military tactics—only fattened the bird.John Sayles Declares His Independence
May 9, 2011
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
There is an auto with a motion-picture camera on top of it photographing our car.My Wonderful Visit
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.Atlantic Narratives
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- a sequence of images of moving objects photographed by a camera and providing the optical illusion of continuous movement when projected onto a screen
- a form of entertainment, information, etc, composed of such a sequence of images and shown in a cinema, etc
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