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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The book was turned into a major motion picture that skipped the whole back half of the book. Fox News, "Coast Guard commandant talks Florence rescue efforts," 14 Sep. 2018 Blade Runner 2049 was honored as the year's best live action 3D motion picture, as well as for best live action stereography and 2D-to-3D conversion. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Coco' Top Advanced Imaging Society's Lumiere Awards," 12 Feb. 2018 Wyck Godfrey, the president of Paramount’s motion picture group, will run Paramount Players in the interim while a search for Mr. Robbins’s successor is conducted, Viacom said. Keach Hagey, WSJ, "Viacom Taps Brian Robbins to Run Nickelodeon," 1 Oct. 2018 The books first came to TV in the 1990s for one season on HBO before making it to the big screen as a major motion picture in 1995. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "'The Baby-Sitters Club' is trying to make a TV comeback, and we are HERE. FOR. IT.," 31 May 2018 The Academy was created to celebrate the arts and sciences of motion pictures, meaning films, not TV, theater or stand-up comedy. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Three Questions Raised by Academy's New Invitation List," 26 June 2018 The phenomenon would gradually die out as vaudeville yielded the stage to other forms of entertainment, especially motion pictures. Greg Daugherty, Smithsonian, "When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm," 23 Apr. 2018 Dog Days, which comes out in August, is a far cry from Finn's most recent major motion picture, It. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for Finn Wolfhard's New Movie "Dog Days"," 9 May 2018 Popular culture took note and teenagers quickly became a staple feature of radio and motion pictures, often presented as stereotypical figures of fun. Michael Cart, Smithsonian, "How “Young Adult” Fiction Blossomed With Teenage Culture in America," 7 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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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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