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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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 In 1987, as home video sales exploded following the release of Jane Fonda’s Workout series and the release of motion pictures on tape at affordable cost, Huizenga’s business savvy led him to develop Blockbuster. Howard Cohen, Adam H. Beasley And Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "H. Wayne Huizenga, billionaire entrepreneur and Miami sports icon, dies at 80 | Miami Herald," 23 Mar. 2018 Hobson told Bloomberg that much of his inspiration comes from Saul Bass, a graphic design pioneer who worked on title sequences, posters, and other iconic elements of motion pictures. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Here's the Man Behind the Oscar Nomination Sequences," 23 Feb. 2015 Every year, the motion picture academy nominates five films in the original score category and for a few weeks, some notice is paid to the crucial role music plays in the best and most beloved movies. Mary Mcnamara,, "Review: At the Hollywood Bowl, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' concert highlights the magic of the music," 6 July 2018 In a recent phone call, Foroughi talked about her debut, which received six Canadian Screen Awards nominations, including best motion picture. Pam Grady,, "Mahour Jabbari plays the title character in Sadaf Foroughi’s drama ‘Ava’," 5 July 2018 Maybe Alysah Hickey should audition for the lead in a motion picture. Steve Brand,, "Borrowed shoes help Coronado leaper advance at state meet," 1 June 2018 It's used as a sort of barometer test of the sound in a motion picture. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Listen to THX's Upgraded Iconic 'Deep Note' Sound," 6 Apr. 2015 Have fun at the motion picture show this summer, everybody. Sara Benincasa, Longreads, "Great Reviews Of Movies I Have Never Seen: A Reading List," 13 July 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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