film

noun, often attributive
\ ˈfilm How to pronounce film (audio) , 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 How to pronounce filmless (audio) \ adjective

Verb

filmable \ ˈfil-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce filmable (audio) \ 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

Now that story is the basis for her second feature film, The Farewell, which premiered to acclaim at Sundance in January. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Farewell is a stunning leading role debut for Awkwafina," 9 July 2019 This year, 22 of its 42 films were made by Latinas. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s CineFestival didn’t plan a border theme, it just happened," 9 July 2019 Disney Is Dropping All Kinds of Trailers Not to be out-shined by its child, Marvel parent company Disney just dropped a pair of trailers for its own films. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 8 July 2019 The emotional video gives fans a glimpse of the epic film, and the long journey Mulan must go on to become a warrior. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About Disney's Live-Action Reboot of Mulan," 7 July 2019 After announcing their upcoming Bring the Soul: The Movie last month, BTS dropped the trailer for their upcoming concert film today (July 3). Tamar Herman, Billboard, "BTS Share 'Bring the Soul: the Movie' Trailer," 3 July 2019 Question: Your films take a certain delight in confusing and upsetting the audience. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Filmmaker Ari Aster talks about the 'Frankenstein's monster' that is ‘Midsommar’," 2 July 2019 Who ends up playing the crooner is still up in the air, but one famous name has already signed on for the film: Tom Hanks. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Five actors reportedly in the running to play Elvis in new biopic," 2 July 2019 Coffee and Cigarettes is one of my favorite little vignette films of all time. Rachel King, Fortune, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on Netflix, Social Media, and Opening a Restaurant," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the University of Oklahoma, two students were expelled in 2015 when they were filmed leading a racist chant in a song. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "A&M promises swift action after video of racist 'biology lesson' surfaces," 11 July 2019 One carried a visible sidearm, and another filmed the executive. New York Times, "A Koch Executive’s Harassment in China Adds to Fears Among Visitors," 11 July 2019 Some people in the group can be seen filming the incident on their cell phones. Fox News, "Dramatic video shows dozens looting Philadelphia Walgreens, police say," 10 July 2019 One iconic scene in the 1999 film features her character Nadia being filmed without consent while changing in the bedroom of Jason Biggs' character, Jim Levenstein. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "‘American Pie’ star Shannon Elizabeth says this scene wouldn't have made it after #MeToo," 10 July 2019 Roy, who had filmed video diaries documenting his social anxiety and depression, had struggled with his mental health after his parents’ divorce. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cultural Fault Lines of I Love You, Now Die," 10 July 2019 After Christina finished filming season one of Flip or Flop, Tarek's sister passed along the makeup artist's number to Christina. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Christina Anstead Reveals That She Had No Clue How to Do Her Own Makeup on 'Flip or Flop'," 10 July 2019 In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin opened up about the upcoming prequel, which began filming its pilot last month in Northern Ireland. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "George R.R. Martin Says the Game of Thrones Prequel Will Feature Starks — but No Lannisters," 10 July 2019 The campaign, which was filmed by artist Willy Vanderperre, is equal parts beautiful and ominous. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Stars in Prada's Fall Winter 2019 Campaign Video," 9 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce film (audio) \

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 How to pronounce film (audio) \

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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