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 The ballad, quite possibly her finest song, won best song written specifically for a motion picture or for television. Paul Grein, Billboard, 22 July 2022 There's a precedent, too: the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) recognize the best ensemble in both drama and comedy, and the best cast in a motion picture, at their annual awards. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 14 July 2022 The film follows a movie star (Kelly) who must choose between the love of his life and career-making role in a major motion picture. Glenn Garner,, 13 May 2022 Stern, one of Stewart’s comedy mentors, was on hand to promote his new memoir, Private Parts, soon to be a major motion picture also starring Howard Stern. Devin Gordon, The Atlantic, 21 Apr. 2022 Tim Federle’s beloved book, an ode to the theater kid in all of us, is soon to be a major motion picture starring everyone’s favorite friend Lisa Kudrow, actual Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz, and Gen Z heartbreaker Joshua Bassett. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 1 Jan. 2022 Wisconsin's motion picture and sound recording subsector reported a nearly 70% job decline in April 2020 over the preceding April. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 Thorisdottir is nominated for a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award for best contemporary makeup in a feature-length motion picture. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 10 Feb. 2022 Viertel, by contrast, was known to few outside the contentious and tight-knit community of intellectual and artistic émigrés who fled the Nazis for Los Angeles in the hope of finding work in the motion picture industry. Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 See More

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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Motion picture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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