plural freeze-frames
: a frame of a motion-picture film that is repeated so as to give the illusion of a static picture
: 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
: 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 The app takes a photo, but think of it as a freeze-frame. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 30 May 2023 Sharpe himself had long lamented the depiction of pinball in the mainstream media — not just the freeze-frame inaccuracies only a true pinhead would notice, but the undeserved snark dismissing the game either as a vice for Fonzie-like greasers or as an esoteric outlet for Tommy-like obsessives. Adam Ruben, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2023 As the Fashion Weeks continued, this idea continually reemerged: In London, at Erdem’s show, a tribute to the mindful labors of art and antique garment restorers; in Milan, where Matthieu Blazy’s precise asymmetries and windswept gestures at Bottega Veneta read like freeze-frames of life in motion. Maya Singer, Vogue, 20 Feb. 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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Cite this Entry

“Freeze-frame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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