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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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 In 1897, McKinley’s inauguration was captured on a motion picture camera, and Calvin Coolidge’s in 1925 was transmitted on radio. New York Times, "Who Was the First New President to …?," 18 Jan. 2021 Neary is a Broadway, television and motion picture actor, who tells stories about Diamond’s songs as well as sings them. Sheryl Devore,, "James Lumber Center offers free reimagined live performances," 22 Dec. 2020 The average weekly wage in motion picture and video production was $1.9K in the first quarter. Justin Fox,, "Hollywood’s Streaming Boom Is No Bonanza for Film Workers," 16 Nov. 2020 Live venue operators or promoters, theatrical producers, live performing arts organization operators, museum operators, motion picture theater operators, or talent representatives who demonstrate at least at 25% reduction in revenues. Rhonda Abrams, USA TODAY, "What's in the stimulus package for small businesses, PPP loans and cultural grants," 31 Dec. 2020 Woven into the cinematic fabric (Insecure star Lena Waithe has optioned motion picture rights) is a trenchant examination of race and privilege in late-stage capitalism. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "The Best Books Vogue Editors Read in 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 These were either a single slide type, or a version called the chromatrope, which showed a succession of slides giving the viewers a motion picture feel. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Legislation by Regulation — The Accountants Are Moving In (Shareholders Left Out)," 7 Dec. 2020 An article last Sunday about the motion picture industry in New York misstated the share of film production costs eligible for tax credits in the city, as well as the year in which the credits will expire. New York Times, "Corrections: Dec. 13, 2020," 13 Dec. 2020 John Williams’ score for the latest Star Wars movie is nominated for best original score from a motion picture. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Still Have Questions About 2021 Grammy Nominations? We Have Answers," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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5 Feb 2021

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“Motion picture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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