[sloh-moh-shuh n]


of, pertaining to or made in slow motion: a slow-motion replay.
moving or proceeding at a strikingly slow rate: slow-motion progress toward a settlement.

Origin of slow-motion

First recorded in 1925–30

slow motion


the process or technique of filming or taping a motion-picture or television sequence at an accelerated rate of speed and then projecting or replaying it at normal speed so that the action appears to be slowed down.
the effect thus created.

Origin of slow motion

First recorded in 1920–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slow-motion

Contemporary Examples of slow-motion

Historical Examples of slow-motion

  • It's hard for me to tell till I look at the slow-motion photographs.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • They appeared, in a slow-motion fashion, to become interested in them.

    Attention Saint Patrick

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • The finger on the trigger tightened in a sort of slow-motion action until it seemed as if the smallest pressure would set it off.

    Castle of Terror

    E.J. Liston

  • It passed Saya without hurting her, though one of its misty tendrils reached out as if to snatch at her in slow-motion.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for slow-motion

slow motion


films television action that is made to appear slower than normal by passing the film through the taking camera at a faster rate than normal or by replaying a video tape recording more slowly

adjective slow-motion

films television of or relating to such action
moving or functioning at less than usual speed
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