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 Nothing quite so howlingly awful adorns the script of Frozen 2, the sequel to Disney’s animated juggernaut, but nothing in the story justifies its existence as a motion picture either. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Return of the Disney Juggernauts," 9 Jan. 2020 Perhaps something was in the water, because both winners of best actor and best actress in a dramatic motion picture gave bizarre, meandering speeches that seemed to confuse many of the viewers at home. Washington Post, "Golden Globes: 15 things to know, from ‘The Irishman’ shutout to that racy Obama joke," 6 Jan. 2020 Her nomination, for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture, is the film’s sole Golden Globes nod. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Kathy Bates earns Golden Globes nod for “Richard Jewell” role," 9 Dec. 2019 Glass has received four Grammy nominations, including best score soundtrack album for a motion picture, television or other visual media for The Hours (2003). Paul Grein, Billboard, "Iggy Pop, Public Enemy & More to Receive 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards From the Recording Academy," 19 Dec. 2019 Lauren Craniotes, who most recently spent seven years as vp production at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions/Stage 6 Films, has joined the Los Angeles office as a motion picture literary agent. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gersh Adds Former Sony Exec Lauren Craniotes, Promotes Three Others (Exclusive)," 17 Dec. 2019 Already the Palme d’Or winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Parasite is poised to break into the Oscars race in a big way following this victory and its recent nomination for best motion picture – drama at the Golden Globes. Nigel Smith,, "SAG Awards Snub Little Women, Reese Witherspoon and Eddie Murphy in 2020 Nominations," 11 Dec. 2019 But motion pictures do require a certain amount of motion, and in 1917, which opens in limited release Dec. 25 and nationwide Jan. 10, Sam Mendes has figured out what the generals could not: a way to advance. Karl Vick, Time, "Sam Mendes on Taking World War I Out of the Trenches and Into the Theater in 1917," 3 Dec. 2019 Each summer, artistic students ages 8-18 from all over the world attend Interlochen to study music, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, motion picture arts, and dance. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Interlochen Arts Camp offers record-breaking number of scholarships for Detroit kids," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

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“Motion picture.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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