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 McDormand's performance also earned her a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role and a Golden Globe nod for best actress in a motion picture, drama. Dana Rose Falcone,, 25 Apr. 2021 Production stoppages and other pandemic impacts walloped employment in the motion picture and sound recording industry. Melody Petersen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 The final category, outstanding performance by cast in a motion picture, is a frequent predictor of best picture at the upcoming Oscars. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 On behalf of her late husband, Chadwick Boseman, Simone Ledward Boseman also accepted his posthumous award for outstanding actor in a motion picture, for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2021 Netflix leads the nominations across the motion picture and television categories with 48 total nominations followed by HBO, which received 25 nominations. Katey Clifford, oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2021 According to a release, the song will be featured in the film, as well as on the original motion picture soundtrack and the original score album, with both due out on Walt Disney Records on May 21. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 10 May 2021 But the motion picture organization remained involved, Sequoia vice president Gary Levitt told the LA Business Journal in 2006. Jennifer Zhan, Vulture, 30 Apr. 2021 An original motion picture soundtrack for In the Heights is headed our way on June 11, the same day the movie hits theaters and HBO Max. Ruth Kinane,, 23 Apr. 2021

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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 Jun 2021

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“Motion picture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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