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film

noun, often attributive \ ˈfilm , Southern also ˈfi(ə)m \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of film

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

filmless

play \ˈfilm-ləs\ adjective

Examples of film in a Sentence

  1. Have you bought any film for the camera?

  2. We haven't had the film developed yet.

  3. He's interested in making films about war.

  4. We'll start the film at 10:00.

  5. He studied film in college.

  6. the protective film over a shark's eye

  7. A film of ice covered the sidewalk.

Origin and Etymology of film

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

Other Pictures (on film) Terms


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film

verb

Definition of film

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

play \ˈfil-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of film in a Sentence

  1. Television news crew members came to film the interview.

  2. She filmed the children playing.

Recent Examples of film from the Web

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First Known Use of film

1604



FILM Defined for English Language Learners

film

noun

Definition of film for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of film for English Language Learners

  • : to make a movie of (something) : to photograph (an event, scene, etc.) with a movie or video camera

  • : to make a movie


FILM Defined for Kids

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film

noun \ ˈfilm \

Definition of film for Students

1 :a roll of material prepared for taking pictures
2 :movie 1
3 :a thin coating or layer

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film

verb

Definition of film for Students

filmed; filming
1 :to make a movie
2 :to photograph on a film

Medical Dictionary

film

noun \ ˈfilm \

medical Definition of film

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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