Definition of zoom in English:


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Pronunciation: /zuːm


  • 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move or travel very quickly: a red saloon car zoomed past
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    • 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 [no object] (Of prices) rise sharply: the share index zoomed by about 136 points
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    • 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 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (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 again
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    • 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 zoom in or out.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1 short for zoom lens.
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    • For more serious work, a macro lens or a zoom with a macro feature offers superior quality.
    • However there are a couple of reasons that pros would use a prime lens over a zoom.
    • If you have a zoom or a telephoto lens then now is the time!


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  • Used to express sudden fast movement: then suddenly, zoom!, he’s off
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    • Everything goes black, until white light flashes and then - zoom!


late 19th century: imitative.

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