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 In recent conversations with four Chicago area film and theater workers, one word kept popping up, like a buoy, regarding the secret ingredient in getting to the other side. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago reopenings latest: Music Box Theatre books ‘In the Heights’ with limited capacity," 3 May 2021 The fallout from reports over film and theater producer Scott Rudin’s abusive behavior toward his colleagues continues. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential Arts: A largely Latino-free Oscars in L.A.'s Mexican heart," 1 May 2021 But to many, Dukakis was best known for her work in film and television. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Moonstruck’s Olympia Dukakis Is Dead at 89," 1 May 2021 The Academy Awards also honored Dukakis in a tweet memorializing her film and stage career that spanned nearly 60 years. BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how Cher, other celebs, remember Olympia Dukakis," 1 May 2021 That maternal quality carried over in her film and television careers. Nardine Saad, San Francisco Chronicle, "Olympia Dukakis, 'Moonstruck' Oscar winner who starred in S.F. productions, dies at 89," 1 May 2021 On top of new music, Eilish has been working on film and books. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "Billie Eilish gets 'vulnerable' in new single and video 'Your Power' from follow-up album," 29 Apr. 2021 The new technology arrives as SAG-AFTRA is taking steps to make film and television sets safer work environments in other ways, too. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Hollywood kicked off #MeToo. Now SAG-AFTRA is making it easier for union members to report sexual harassment," 29 Apr. 2021 Revenue at the film and television studios segment slipped 0.6% to $2.4 billion. Lillian Rizzo, WSJ, "Comcast’s Profit Soars Amid Broadband, Wireless Growth," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This programming will include over 60 events ranging from exhibitions and dance/theater performances to talks and film screenings considering humankind’s capacity for optimism, courage and strength in the face of the unimaginable. Jane Levere, Forbes, "Carnegie Hall Kicks Off Free, Online Music And Arts Festival, “Voices Of Hope,” Tonight," 16 Apr. 2021 But Sherman, 33, was a Pro Bowler for the NFC champion 49ers in 2019 and remains a cagey presence who so often wins his battles thanks to film study and sharp instincts. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Top 10 remaining NFL free agents: Will any sign before 2021 draft?," 9 Apr. 2021 The big screen probably will always be attractive to film fans. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "As Hollywood reopens, can movie theaters fully recover from the pandemic?," 16 Mar. 2021 For her part, Sidik said she was told by her husband that government officials had come to his house and coached him for four hours about how to film a short video denying his wife's claims of being in a detention center. Ivan Watson And Rebecca Wright, CNN, "Allegations of shackled students and gang rape inside China's detention camps," 18 Feb. 2021 New episodes will stream weekly: Each cast member was tested for COVID-19 and then quarantined alone for a period of days before showing up to film at the loft. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "The cast from the first ‘Real World’ returns, 30-years older, to the original New York loft to have their lives taped. Again.," 4 Mar. 2021 To preserve it for fans and writers, the actors who brought Tolkien's worlds to film are crowdfunding to buy it. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "'The Lord of the Rings' cast is crowdfunding to buy J.R.R. Tolkien's home and turn it into a literary center," 3 Dec. 2020 That dinner scene took several days to film, right? Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "The Family Stone Is The Most Jewish Christmas Movie," 3 Dec. 2020 The premiere, which took two years to film and has been in edit since March, was originally scheduled to be featured on Dec. 7 at the Delray Movies on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hagen Ranch Road. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Atlantic High Eagles hope to soar deep into post-season football," 25 Nov. 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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6 May 2021

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“Film.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/film. Accessed 6 May. 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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