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 film (audio) \ adjective

Verb

filmable \ ˈfil-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce film (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 His story rose to national prominence with the 2015 film. BostonGlobe.com, 15 July 2021 The film's release date had previously been bumped back three times from an initial release, planned for 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2021 On Tony Scott's set, he was more energized by the film. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 14 July 2021 That relationship is clearly supposed to give the film an emotional resonance, but that doesn't quite compute. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, 14 July 2021 At yesterday’s premiere for the film, Murray did suit up in a classic black tux—but the relaxed photocall look today feels much more authentic to his signature style. Christian Allair, Vogue, 13 July 2021 A day before the next court hearing in Spears’ conservatorship case, the provocative film received nominations Tuesday for documentary special and picture editing for a nonfiction program. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2021 In the video, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Korg (Taika Waititi) react to the trailer for the upcoming 20th Century Studios film Free Guy. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 July 2021 The film made more than $215 million globally this weekend, including streaming and theater showings. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 13 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Passengers were also reportedly asked not to film on the plane. Dallas News, 11 July 2021 Love Island’s new season will bring back the show’s usual format — the previous season had to film on the rooftop of a Las Vegas hotel due to the pandemic. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, 8 July 2021 The movie will also film at Cicero’s Cafe in Worcester — temporarily closed in preparation for filming on Tuesday — and the Worcester Police Department, the Telegram & Gazette article said. BostonGlobe.com, 28 June 2021 After the crew got permission to film on location, other employees in the program were cast as Fern’s co-workers. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 19 Feb. 2021 Seth Coleman, a spokesman for the district, told the newspaper that Atlanta schools have received multiple requests to film on school properties. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2020 Footage posted to social media appears to show a shirtless man standing on top of the B26 bus while firing into the air as bystanders egg him on and film him on their cellphones. Fox News, 17 Nov. 2020 Prior to his accident, Cowell was scheduled to film AGT's first live show on Tuesday from Universal Studios in Universal City, California, as the show's 15th season continues production after the pandemic delayed its filming schedule. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 9 Aug. 2020 The campaign quickly raised the $10,000 needed to film the project. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 1 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/film. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for film

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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