- 1(Especially of a car or aircraft) move or travel very quickly: we watched the fly zooming about he jumped into his car and zoomed offMore example sentences
- Music carries from the various bars along the street and every once in a while a car zooms past, screeching as it swerves around the corner.
- This area now seems to be one where the technology, and the uses of the technology, have zoomed way ahead of where the law is.
- Wide, open streets encourage motorists to zoom ahead.
- 1.1(Of prices) rise sharply: the share index zoomed by about 136 pointsMore example sentences
- Fancier dehydrators, with heat regulators and fans to circulate the air, work faster, but the price can zoom to several hundred dollars for serious preserving tools.
- British Airways, which recently re-joined the FTSE 100, zoomed 152% higher.
- The stock began trading at $16 and within two days zoomed as high as $85.75.
- 2(Of a camera) change smoothly from a long shot to a close-up or vice versa: the camera zoomed in for a close-up of his face zoom out for a wide view of the garden againMore example sentences
enlarge, magnify, close in on, focus in on
- I didn't notice it until the camera zoomed in on it last night.
- There was footage of a girl lying on his sofa watching a cartoon and the camcorder again zoomed in on her.
- The camera zooms out again and refocuses on Martin's still frame.
- 2.1 [with object] Cause (a lens or camera) to do this.More example sentences
- Ignoring our concern, she removed her camera from her purse, and zoomed her camera lens as far as she could.
- I zoomed the lens to his face and traced his features, moving the camera swiftly from his perfect hair to his flawless complexion.
- It would, however, benefit the player immensely if the camera were zoomed out a little so the player can have increased situational awareness.
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- 1A camera shot that changes smoothly from a long shot to a close-up or vice versa: [as modifier]: the zoom buttonMore example sentences
- As a result, instead of the clean visuals that typify the science fiction genre, we see lens flares, shaky handheld cameras, zooms, and sloppy rack focuses even in CGI shots.
- The picture is so rife with close-ups, zooms, and arty silhouette shots that it interferes with the viewer's appreciation of the dance.
- Every filmmaking technique that we've come to know and love from Altman is present: the overlapping dialogue, the forever-moving camera, the long zooms, the use of an ensemble cast.
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- Used to express sudden fast movement: then suddenly, zoom!, he’s offMore example sentences
- Everything goes black, until white light flashes and then - zoom!
late 19th century: imitative.