film

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noun

ˈfilm How to pronounce film (audio)
 Southern also  ˈfi(ə)m
plural films
often attributive
1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
4
a
: 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.
filmless adjective

film

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verb

filmed; filming; films

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
filmable adjective

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Days later, as McKay gathered players together for film study of the Notre Dame win, the coach turned on tape of the fight instead. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2022 Actors Hugh Bonneville and Madeleine Harris, who play Mr Brown and Judy Brown in the Paddington film franchise, also joined the queen consort for the festivities. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Nov. 2022 The expanded and upgraded pavilion area this week houses the offices of Indian states, country specific showcases, private organizations and national film promotion agencies. Udita Jhunjhunwala, Variety, 24 Nov. 2022 The wealthy and the beautiful that the first two-thirds of the film centers on are no less ruthless and transactional than Abigail. Clarissa Cruz, EW.com, 23 Nov. 2022 The show is executive produced by Pitch Perfect alum Elizabeth Banks, who explained the importance of keeping the original film collection's essence. Valerie Nome, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022 There’s no film character whose watches are quite as iconic as James Bond. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 23 Nov. 2022 The Exam centers on two sisters, both played by newcomers to the film industry. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Nov. 2022 The film adaptation is based on the Langston Hughe’s musical, Nativity. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 23 Nov. 2022
Verb
The two sisters would often choreograph something, film it and post the finished product on Musical.ly, the website that eventually became TikTok. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 Gallagher is an athlete that has the potential to be a TikTok star — just needs a social media savvy manager to film him launching himself into the air in slow motion. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Nov. 2022 All at Once, to film it on the set of Dumb and Dumber To. Clark Collis, EW.com, 22 Nov. 2022 Conscripts pose in body armor that barely covers their ribs, or film themselves in Ukrainian forests, listing their dead and complaining their officers are nowhere to be seen. Natalia Abbakumova, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2022 Pena requested a copy of the video, but county lawyers said the deputy only took four photographs of Suarez and did not film her. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022 She's sent to Angel Heights to help Grant Quinn, a perfectionist, attention-shy chef, reopen his family's beloved diner and film it as a holiday special pilot for her television show. Breanne L. Heldman, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2022 But this gig involved heading to Argentina to film the dramatic reality show that features a cast of former contestants from reality shows such as Married At First Sight, The Bachelor, Big Brother Survivor and Love Island. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 10 Nov. 2022 The latest major motion picture to film in Greater Cincinnati has started production. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English filme, from Old English filmen; akin to Greek pelma sole of the foot, Old English fell skin — more at fell

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near film

Cite this Entry

“Film.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/film. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

film 1 of 2

noun

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: a thin skin or membrane
2
: a thin coating or layer
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: a roll or strip of thin flexible transparent material coated with a chemical substance sensitive to light and used in taking pictures
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film

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verb

1
: to cover or become covered with film
2
: to make a motion picture of or from

Medical Definition

film

noun

1
a
: a thin skin or membranous covering : pellicle
b
: an abnormal growth on or in the eye
2
a
: 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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