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 The film is simply too scattered, though, to make much of that, or indeed, settle on a consistent tone and stick to its threads. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'An American Pickle' is both sweet and a little sour," 6 Aug. 2020 But in the experience, the film is deadly slow and uneventful, with brilliant scenes bursting to life, here and there, like roses in a wasteland. Mick Lasalle, ExpressNews.com, "Johnny Depp is savage in ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’," 6 Aug. 2020 Screenwriter Jack Thorne shakes up the framework, expanding the backstory and creating a more dramatic climax, and the film is decidedly CG-heavy for a plot about the healing gift of nature. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Secret Garden': Film Review," 5 Aug. 2020 The film is considerably more expensive than most premium on-demand films, which typically cost $20 for a 48-hour rental. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Disney is testing if its streaming subscribers will pay $30 extra to watch “Mulan”," 5 Aug. 2020 The film will be available for virtual screenings beginning Friday, Aug. 7 for $9.99 through a Freep Film Festival partnership at https://www.creem.media/freepress. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "WATCH: Creem magazine documentary delivers a real Detroit rock 'n' roll story," 5 Aug. 2020 Critic John Simon seethed in New York magazine that the film was ‘‘an indecency, an outrage. . . . Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Alan Parker, 76, director of wide-ranging movies," 2 Aug. 2020 While the film may have been Beyoncé's brainchild, her child is the one to watch. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Blue Ivy Carter Reigns Supreme In Black Is King," 1 Aug. 2020 Directed by Andrea Longacre-White, the film is thirteen minutes long. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Dreamlike Experience of “The Song Is You”," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb SpaceX is already in talks with the actor Tom Cruise about a trip to the ISS to film a movie. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Spaceflight Is Back in America," 3 Aug. 2020 People worldwide are encouraged to film themselves on Saturday, July 25 (10 years and one day after the original's filming date), and document their ordinary, day-to-day life — which, admittedly, is an unusual concept in these extraordinary times. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "YouTube wants your quarantine videos (and more) for Life in a Day 2020," 8 July 2020 Explore the other islands of the Tetiaroa Atoll, which also belongs to the Brando family, where the untouched beaches and preserved reefs match the beauty Brando discovered in 1960 while searching for locations to film Mutiny on the Bounty. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 14 Best Private Island Resorts," 2 July 2020 In spite of their split, the influential real estate moguls continue to film their show together. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "Season 9 of 'Flip or Flop' With Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa Premieres October 15 on HGTV," 27 June 2020 The decision to film on the ground is not one that any are taking lightly. USA TODAY, "Documentarians use platform to film nationwide protests: 'If you have a camera, you got to shoot it'," 16 June 2020 But the YouTube creator, who was born in Russia, also brought a camera with her to film the experience, with plans to share it with her 54,000 YouTube subscribers and 240,000 Instagram followers later. Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "Some influencers spark backlash after using protests as backdrop for their content," 13 June 2020 At first, Hargrave and director David Leitch expected to film her throwing a punch or two before yelling cut and resetting the scene. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Charlize Theron 'Finally' Conquered Her Fear of Riding Horses for New Movie: 'It Was Therapeutic'," 8 July 2020 This is the best site in California for the chance to see, photograph or film river otters. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Want to watch an elk calf being born? Grizzly Island offers rare sight," 26 June 2020

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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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The first known use of film was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Film.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/film. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for film

film

noun
How to pronounce film (audio)

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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