film

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfilm, Southern also ˈfi(ə)m\
plural films

Definition of film

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a thin skin or membranous covering : pellicle
b : an abnormal growth on or in the eye
2 : a thin covering or coating a film of ice
3a : an exceedingly thin layer : lamina
b(1) : a thin flexible transparent sheet (as of plastic) used especially as a wrapping
(2) : a thin sheet of cellulose acetate or nitrocellulose coated with a radiation-sensitive emulsion for taking photographs
4a : movie, motion picture an award-winning film film critics The film will start in ten minutes.
b : the process, art, or business of making movies a career in film She studied film in college.

film

verb
filmed; filming; films

Definition of film (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a film
2 : to make a motion picture of or from film a scene

intransitive verb

1 : to become covered or obscured with or as if with a film
2 : to make a motion picture

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Other Words from film

Noun

filmless \ ˈfilm-​ləs \ adjective

Verb

filmable \ ˈfil-​mə-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of film in a Sentence

Noun

Have you bought any film for the camera? We haven't had the film developed yet. He's interested in making films about war. We'll start the film at 10:00. He studied film in college. the protective film over a shark's eye A film of ice covered the sidewalk.

Verb

Television news crew members came to film the interview. She filmed the children playing.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

McCarthy took this opportunity to point out the double standard between men and women on film. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Melissa McCarthy Says Someone Actually Asked About Her ‘Tremendous Size’ in an Interview," 9 Jan. 2019 Production hadn’t yet started on the film, a company spokeswoman said. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Mattel Plans Live-Action Barbie Film," 8 Jan. 2019 The film Casablanca is what first got me traveling, searching the world for Rick’s Café. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Some of the year's best movies are released around Christmas, but the film everyone's buzzing about right now is actually a Netflix original called Dumplin', which has nothing to do with the holidays at all. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Did You Recognize Jimmy Kimmel's Wife Molly McNearney in 'Dumplin''?," 15 Dec. 2018 One afternoon in 2003, Hyneman was standing on a film set on Hermosa Beach, in Los Angeles, wearing full scuba gear and holding a remote control. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 In 2017, Stanford University physicists captured the formation of ice VII (in just six nanoseconds) on film for the very first time. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Weird water phase “ice-VII” can grow as fast as 1,000 miles per hour," 24 Oct. 2018 Since the film was about a specific Oakland neighborhood, most of it was shot there, too. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How two movies portray Oakland’s rapid change," 29 Aug. 2018 Though, for such a wildly and gleefully partisan film, one big question: Why give Cheney the final word? Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Should You See Adam McKay’s New Film, Vice?," 20 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last year, a video of Lohan dancing while filming for MTV in Greece went viral. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Rebooting Lindsay Lohan," 8 Jan. 2019 The pair met while filming the Nicholas Sparks movie, The Last Song. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Relationship," 27 Dec. 2018 When talking with Good Morning America, John Goodman admitted that everything was a bit off not having Roseanne around while filming. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Roseanne Barr Speaks Out After 'The Conners' Premiere Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 Yesterday, Mulroney shared an Instagram story of her husband eating in what looks like an airport: Mulroney and Meghan have been close friends for years, having first met while the Duchess was living in Toronto while filming her show Suits. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Jessica Mulroney Is On Royal Tour With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 15 Oct. 2018 While filming a scene in which those assassinated Romanovs are dumped in the woods, an assistant asks the director why their grave would already have been dug if the murders were supposed to be spontaneous. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Romanoffs’ Review: Far From Revolutionary," 11 Oct. 2018 As mentioned, Markle lived in Toronto for years while filming the long-running USA Network drama Suits, and brand nationality and representation means a lot for celebrities—and double for royals and foreign dignitaries. Rachel King, Fortune, "Meghan Markle Is Being Credited With Boosting Aritzia's Earnings. But Is the 'Meghan Effect' Real?," 13 July 2018 The nominations come just one month after he was found dead of suicide in a hotel room in France by his close friend Eric Ripert while the pair were filming an upcoming episode of the TV show. PEOPLE.com, "Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown Nominated for 6 Emmy Awards After Chef's Death," 12 July 2018 George Clooney was reportedly involved in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday while filming in Sardinia. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "George Clooney Reportedly Thrown From Motorcycle In Italy," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of film

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for film

Noun

Middle English filme, from Old English filmen; akin to Greek pelma sole of the foot, Old English fell skin — more at fell

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film

noun

English Language Learners Definition of film

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a special material that is used for taking photographs

: the process, art, or business of making movies

: a thin layer on or over the surface of something

film

verb

English Language Learners Definition of film (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a movie of (something) : to photograph (an event, scene, etc.) with a movie or video camera

: to make a movie

film

noun
\ ˈfilm \

Kids Definition of film

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a roll of material prepared for taking pictures
3 : a thin coating or layer

film

verb
filmed; filming

Kids Definition of film (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a movie
2 : to photograph on a film

film

noun
\ ˈfilm \

Medical Definition of film

1a : a thin skin or membranous covering : pellicle
b : an abnormal growth on or in the eye
2a : an exceedingly thin layer : lamina
b : a thin flexible transparent sheet of cellulose acetate or cellulose nitrate coated with a radiation-sensitive emulsion for taking photographs or making radiographs

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