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film Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
    flick; picture; picture show; pic; movie; motion picture; moving-picture show; motion-picture show; moving picture.
    • they went to a movie every Saturday night
    • the film was shot on location
  2. noun a medium that disseminates moving pictures
    celluloid; cinema.
    • theater pieces transferred to celluloid
    • this story would be good cinema
    • film coverage of sporting events
  3. noun photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
    photographic film.
  4. noun a thin coating or layer
    • the table was covered with a film of dust
  5. noun a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
    plastic film.
  6. verb make a film or photograph of something
    shoot; take.
    • take a scene
    • shoot a movie
  7. verb record in film
    • The coronation was filmed

Film noun
AS. film skin, fr. fell skin; akin to fylmen membrane, OFries. filmene skin. See Fell skin.
  1. A thin skin; a pellicle; a membranous covering, causing opacity; hence, any thin, slight covering.
    He from thick films shall purge the visual ray. Pope.
  2. A slender thread, as that of a cobweb.
    Her whip of cricket's bone, the lash of film. Shak.
Film transitive verb
  1. To cover with a thin skin or pellicle.
    It will but skin and film the ulcerous place. Shak.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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