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.
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Also called movie, moving picture.
Origin of motion picture
First recorded in 1890–95
OTHER WORDS FROM motion picturemo·tion-pic·ture, adjective
Words nearby motion picture
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British Dictionary definitions for motion-picture camera
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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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