motion picture


Definition of motion picture

1 : a series of pictures projected on a screen in rapid succession with objects shown in successive positions slightly changed so as to produce the optical effect of a continuous picture in which the objects move
2 : a representation (as of a story) by means of motion pictures : movie

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Synonyms for motion picture


film, flick, flicker, movie, moving picture, picture

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Examples of motion picture in a Sentence

He was given a starring role in a major motion picture. a popular novel that was made into a major motion picture

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Fashion 9 Slides Marsai Martin is making her mark on Hollywood, becoming the youngest executive producer of a major motion picture in history. Teen Vogue, "Marsai Martin's Red Carpet Style Evolution," 21 Mar. 2019 Urban’s wife, Nicole Kidman, is up for best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture for her role in Big Little Lies, which leads all TV nominees with six nods. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Mariah Carey, Keith Urban & Common to Present at Golden Globes: Exclusive," 5 Jan. 2018 Foy’s performance has been praised by critics for its precision and power, garnering her a 2019 Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture. Gavanndra Hodge, WSJ, "Claire Foy Steps Into the Spotlight," 9 Jan. 2019 Image No books were harmed in the making of this motion picture. Ramin Bahrani, New York Times, "Why ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Is the Book for Our Social Media Age," 10 May 2018 The latter composition won for best original song in a motion picture at the 75th Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 7 (an award given to its writers, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul). Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron & Zendaya Hit Hot 100 With Songs From 'The Greatest Showman'," 9 Jan. 2018 Guillermo del Toro took home the Golden Globe for best director of a motion picture at Sunday's 75th annual awards show. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Golden Globes: Guillermo del Toro Wins Best Director for 'The Shape of Water'," 8 Jan. 2018 But the literary, even incantatory flights of language are another matter, and not readily contained in an essentially realistic motion picture. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Review: Love Hoping for Justice," 13 Dec. 2018 Parents who were shown clips of several popular PG-13 motion pictures, or movies with PG-13-level violence, said the amount of gun violence that now gets a ready-for-middle-schooler rating is more suitable for older kids, at least age 15 or 16. Rita Giordano,, "Gun violence at the movies is so bad, parents think the PG-13 rating isn't tough enough," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of motion picture

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of motion picture was in 1891

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Kids Definition of motion picture

1 : a series of pictures projected on a screen rapidly one after another so as to give the appearance of a continuous picture in which the objects move

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