motion picture


: 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
: a representation (as of a story) by means of motion pictures : movie

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
Recent Examples on the Web The 134-year-old company is also turning to its nascent motion picture business for new revenue. Takashi Mochizuki, Fortune Asia, 7 May 2024 All in all, motion picture revenue fell 12 percent, including drops of 9 percent in theatrical, 31 percent in home entertainment, 6 percent in TV and more than 5 percent in streaming. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Apr. 2024 One of Oakland Park’s first development ventures involved Screen Talent Studios Inc., a motion picture outfit that gave away lots to subscribers of its new movie magazine. Miami Herald, 16 Apr. 2024 In a conversation with Variety, Paramount motion picture co-head Daria Cercek indicated that the reaction Mescal received during the West End revival of A Streetcar Named Desire influenced producers' decision to cast him as Lucius. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 The original motion picture soundtrack follows on May 17 and will be released via ASG Records and Republic Records: Kids & Family. Jem Aswad, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 The decreasing volume of major motion pictures shooting in California continues a long-term pattern. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2024 The movie also dominated at the NAACP Image Awards with 11 wins, including the prize for outstanding motion picture. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 Deadline for the receipt of motion picture nomination ballots. Paul Grein, Billboard, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Motion picture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

motion picture

: 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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