Definition of film in English:

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Pronunciation: /film/


1A thin flexible strip of plastic or other material coated with light-sensitive emulsion for exposure in a camera, used to produce photographs or motion pictures: he had already shot a whole roll of film a new range of films and cameras
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  • All you need is an album, an instant camera, rolls of film and painting materials if you are that way inclined.
  • I actually prefer to use colour film with the pinhole camera because it just looks so nice.
  • The method creates a digital image that is vivid and precise: a photograph that requires neither film nor camera.
1.1Material in the form of a thin flexible sheet: clear plastic film between the layers of glass
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  • Cut the beef fillet into thin slices and, layered between sheets of plastic film, beat until extremely thin.
  • The latest version, known by the brand name Superglass, has two layers of clear film between the panes.
  • Leave to rise on oiled baking sheets, covered with oiled clear film, for 15 minutes.
1.2A thin layer covering a surface: she quickly wiped away the light film of sweat
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  • We've been dusting the last 24 hours because we found everything covered with a light film of dust.
  • Now think of the same image, but this time the chocolate is covered by a white film on its surface.
  • Dust films are a light powder of clay and silt-sized particles that adhere to rough surfaces and rock fractures.
layer, coat, coating, covering, cover, sheet, patina, overlay
1.3 archaic A fine thread or filament: films of silk
2A motion picture; a movie: a horror film [as modifier]: a film director
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  • He has recently written and directed his first feature film.
  • It was like watching a horror film unfold.
  • Apart from watching the documentary film was there any other research that you felt was necessary?
movie, picture, feature film, motion picture;
director's cut
informal flick, pic
dated moving picture, talkie
2.1Movies considered as an art or industry: a critical overview of feminist writing on film
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  • Today, traditional art forms are practised alongside painting, photography, theatre and film.
  • The film industry has blamed the police for their failure in nabbing the culprits.
  • Long a film buff, Verna says she's always maintained broad artistic interests.
movies, cinema, pictures, the motion picture industry


1 [with object] Capture on film as part of a series of moving images; make a movie of (a story or event): she glowered at the television crew who were filming them
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  • The movie was filmed on location in Oregon and the period clothing and accoutrements are generally right on.
  • And it certainly has to have resonated with the themes of the movie that you were filming.
  • If she had her way, by the time the movie was done filming, Ryan and Ann will be very cozy indeed.
record (on film), shoot, capture on film, video
1.1 [no object] (film well/badly) Be well or badly suited to portrayal in a film: an adventure story that would film well
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  • Why it is that Conrad's novels film badly while Greene's film well.
  • Furthermore, football is one of the grittiest sports, it films well, and it can be molded into just about any metaphor for life.
2 [no object] Become or appear to become covered with a thin layer of something: his eyes had filmed over
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  • His eyes filmed over, and the eternal darkness enclosed his soul.
cloud (over), mist (over), haze (over);
become blurred, blur
archaic blear



Old English filmen 'membrane'; related to fell5.

Words that rhyme with film

aspergillum, chillum, vexillum

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Syllabification: film

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