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

On this film, Wynton Marsalis, the cinematographer Neal Norton, and the production designer Brian Stultz. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Daniel Pritzker on His New Film Bolden and His Creative Process," 3 May 2019 If traveling is not possible, get lost in a book or a foreign film. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Libra Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Look no further than the upcoming Netflix film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 Earlier this week, the couple walked the red carpet for the Avengers: Endgame premiere to support Liam's older brother Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in Marvel's latest film. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Is "Freakishly Obsessed" with Liam Hemsworth and So Are We TBH," 26 Apr. 2019 Check out the teaser for yourself, below: This is Aniston's second film for Netflix. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler's New Netflix Movie Looks Like a Riot," 26 Apr. 2019 The most noteworthy are a 3rd-generation Sure View display option (available only on the 830 G6 and x360 830 G6, at least for now), which HP executives said performed more comparably to a physical privacy film on the machine. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP's EliteBook 800 G6 notebook series adds convenience, privacy features," 16 Apr. 2019 But a similar service called The Criterion Channel that offers 1,000 classic and contemporary films is stepping up to fill the void. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Seattle Times, "How not to break the bank on streaming services," 15 Apr. 2019 It is accompanied by a photographic ‘zine and short film by Thibaut Grevet. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Rimowa Kicks Off Milan Design Week with a Stunning Aluminum Car Sculpture," 9 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The video was actually filmed at the Zeiss Planetarium in Berlin, hence the astral themes, and shot by director Anouk Rhode. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maisie Williams Stars in Alice Phoebe Lou's Stellar "Galaxies" Video," 6 May 2019 Dragonstone), and John Snow’s birthplace, Tower of Joy, filmed at the startlingly isolated Castle of Zafra. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "Game of Thrones," 11 Apr. 2019 News adds that the two young stars will film at JoJo’s place, because North was really excited to see the former Dance Moms star’s house. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "JoJo Siwa and North West Are Reportedly Collaborating on a YouTube Video," 24 Mar. 2019 There were rumors Prince Harry would fly back and forth between London and Toronto, where Markle was filming Suits at the time. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Secret Way Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Talked When They Started Dating," 7 Mar. 2019 Not only was the video filmed at Hatfield House (the very same place where The Favourite was!), but there are some very clear allusions to the movie throughout the Brothers's video. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Jonas Brothers's New Music Video Is Inspired By The Favourite and the Royal Family," 1 Mar. 2019 Beyoncé says the bad word on multiple occasions in this hard banging celebration of high-powered entertainment couple bliss on Everything Is Love, which features art history lessons aplenty in its video filmed at Paris’ Louvre museum. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Drake, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and the other songs to create the best Summer music playlist," 5 July 2018 From January to February, the reality show filmed the Miami season at a two-story estate at 4745 Pine Tree Drive in Miami Beach. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "After Miami season, MTV's 'Jersey Shore' heads to New Jersey and Las Vegas this summer," 29 June 2018 The show's crew had already filed an application to film at Belle Isle, which has operated as a Michigan state park since 2013. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "'Seven Nation Army' event in flux as 'Amazing Race' denied Belle Isle permit," 27 June 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 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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