roll film


: a strip of film for still camera use wound on a spool

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sales of Kodak roll film doubled from 2014 to 2019 and the value of used film cameras has skyrocketed. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Jan. 2022 In her appreciation of Ellis after his death in 1989, Post photographer Linda Wheeler wrote that even after photojournalists switched from sheet film to roll film, Ellis preferred to load his 35mm Nikons with 20-frame rolls. John Kelly, Washington Post, 23 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roll film was in 1895

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“Roll film.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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