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

Image The heist film of last summer airs on Showtime. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Baby Driver’ and ‘Short Term 12’," 14 July 2018 For the former film, directed by Adam Wingard, Gurira will join Millie Bobby Brown and Julian Dennison on the cast. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Miscarriages and Fertility Issues," 13 July 2018 Shortland has built her resume creating dramatic films, such as Lore, Somersault, and the recent thriller Berlin Syndrome. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Marvel's Black Widow Movie Will Have a Female Director," 13 July 2018 The film, directed by 'God's Not Dead' helmer Harold Cronk, stars Lindsay Pulsipher, Jordin Sparks, LaDainian Tomlinson and Makenzie Moss. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "'God Bless the Broken Road' Trailer: Military Widow Struggles to Keep Faith," 13 July 2018 Singaporean star Han is one of the many Asian actors who populate the film, which is clearly fashioned to appeal as much to Chinese filmgoers as American ones, though their roles are largely peripheral. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Skyscraper’ delivers stunts, dumb summer fun," 12 July 2018 The school offers programs from the certificate to bachelor’s level in areas such as design, film, photography, gaming, and culinary studies. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "Art Institute of Philadelphia closing leaves students and employees with hard decisions," 12 July 2018 Holcombe started the Soft Cage ten years ago to produce experimental, socially relevant films. Ariel Parrella-aureli, Chicago Reader, "365 Ways to Kill an American offers a new perspective on police brutality," 12 July 2018 The film, by Montaz-Rosset, centers on Vivian Bruchez, one of France’s most skilled extreme skiers. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But details didn't begin leaking until Baron Cohen's mysterious Trump teaser, which was likely filmed following the former reality star's appearance on Da Ali G Show in 2003. Jean Bentley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?': All the Details (So Far) About the Showtime Comedy," 13 July 2018 Norfolk police said the video was filmed in one take, and even included a baby and firefighters. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Virginia police department's lip sync battle to 'Uptown Funk' goes viral," 10 July 2018 The alleged choking is not filmed and El Paso Police Department did not immediately respond to NBC News' request for information about the circumstances of the video. NBC News, "El Paso, Texas officer under review after pulling gun on group of children," 9 July 2018 Ditko participated in a BBC documentary about his life in 2007 but asked that he not be filmed or recorded during his 25-minute chat with writer Neil Gaiman. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Marvel Comics legend, Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko found dead at 90," 7 July 2018 It cannot be overstated how much the show is made distinct, and improved, by the fact that it's filmed and aired in nearly real time, a fact with which most American shows just can't compete. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Why You Should Watch Love Island, the British Reality Dating Show With a New Episode Every Day," 6 July 2018 Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield star in Boots Riley’s directorial debut, set in an alternate present-day version of Oakland, where it was filmed over 28 days last summer. Boots Riley, HWD, "Sorry to Bother You Director Boots Riley Takes a Ride Through Oakland’s Changing Landscape," 2 July 2018 Multiple endings are filmed The biggest spoiler of any season would be to find out who wins before the finale officially airs. Teen Vogue, "11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "RuPaul's Drag Race"," 28 June 2018 One chick, the smallest—weighing in at about three ounces—can be seen hatching in a time-lapse video that was filmed over the course of 24 hours on June 19. National Geographic, "What Does It Take to Raise a Flamingo?," 25 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'film.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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