Definition of film in English:


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Pronunciation: /fɪlm


  • 1 [mass noun] A 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 [count noun]: 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 very 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.
  • 1.2 [count noun] A 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.
  • 1.3 archaic A fine thread or filament: films of silk
  • 2A story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a cinema or on television: 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, feature film; programme, broadcast, transmission; North American motion picture
    dated moving picture
    informal flick, pic, vid
    dated , • informal talkie
  • 2.1 [mass noun] Cinema 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.


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  • 1 [with object] Capture on film as part of a series of moving images; make a film of (a story, event, or book): 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, record, take pictures of, make a film of, capture on film, video, photographadapt for film, make into a film



Old English filmen 'membrane', of West Germanic origin; related to fell5.

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