- to move quickly or suddenly with a loud humming or buzzing sound: cars zooming by on the freeway.
- to fly an airplane suddenly and sharply upward at great speed for a short distance, as in regaining altitude, clearing an obstacle, or signaling.
- Movies, Television. to bring a subject, scene, etc., into closeup or cause it to recede into a long shot using a zoom lens and while maintaining focus.
- Informal. to increase or rise suddenly and sharply: Rents would zoom without rent control laws.
- to cause (an airplane) to zoom.
- to fly over (an obstacle) by zooming.
- zoom in (on),
- to bring (a subject, scene, etc.) into closeup by using a zoom lens: to zoom in for a look at the injured man; to zoom in on a candidate at a political convention.
- to examine more closely or in greater detail; focus on: The panel zoomed in on the subject of abortion.
Origin of zoom
First recorded in 1885–90; imitative
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1. buzz, speed, streak, flash.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- to make or cause to make a continuous buzzing or humming sound
- to move or cause to move with such a sound
- (intr) to move very rapidly; rushwe zoomed through town
- to cause (an aircraft) to climb briefly at an unusually steep angle, or (of an aircraft) to climb in this way
- (intr) (of prices) to rise rapidly
- the sound or act of zooming
- See zoom lens
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for zoom-shot
1886, of echoic origin. Gained popularity c.1917 as aviators began to use it; zoom lens is 1936.
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