freeze-frame

noun

plural freeze-frames
1
a
: a frame of a motion-picture film that is repeated so as to give the illusion of a static picture
b
: a static picture produced from a video recording
On one of the desktop monitors is a freeze-frame from Little Women, Gerwig's new film …Chloe Malle
a freeze-frame image
2
: something resembling a freeze-frame (as in reflecting or preserving a particular moment in time)
We should acknowledge that these pandemic curves are only freeze-frames of a situation still very much in flux …Francesca Melandri
freeze-frame transitive verb
freeze-framed; freeze-framing; freeze-frames
… I freeze-framed a scene in the promo for Monday's show and compared it to online photos of the hotel … Debra Yeo

Examples of freeze-frame in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Creating a simple 4-second freeze-frame is a simple matter of pressing the Option-F shortcut. PCMAG, 30 June 2024 Recently, a friend of a friend pointed out that, ironically, Wren and Carrie in that freeze-frame are wearing similar clothing. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 16 June 2024 Starting with the freeze-frame, record-scratch moment of Hussein (Igal Naor) and his family watching George W. Bush announce his intentions to invade Iraq and liberate its people, the series then flashes back to the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and follows Saddam’s tyrannical ascent. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 14 Apr. 2024 But those full-color moments felt more like watching a freeze-frame of a movie. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 17 Mar. 2024 And the final shot — a freeze-frame of Nancy turning herself in, as her family left her behind — was profound enough to mark the show's conclusion. Ew Staff, EW.com, 8 Jan. 2024 As the production team showed the replay of Solomon’s grab, Madden drew over a freeze-frame of the play, diagramming how Solomon sprung open. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 The outcome isn’t shown, even though the freeze-frame of the boxers was turned into a LeRoy Neiman painting. Vulture, 4 Feb. 2024 Over-Nite Sensation is a triumph: a concentrated digest from perhaps the most popular stretch of his career, and a freeze-frame of his compositional flowering and ingenious lyrical ribaldry. Daniel Felsenthal, The Atlantic, 27 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of freeze-frame was in 1948

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“Freeze-frame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freeze-frame. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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