roll film


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

Examples of roll film in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Which led to some B-roll film of Dorsett. Dallas News, 26 Sep. 2022 Other daylong activities include a roving sea shanty chanteuse who will be making the rounds, and an exhibition featuring George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak, who helped bring roll film into the mainstream, back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Steve Smith,, 23 Feb. 2022 There's another role that got away: The Doors, Oliver Stone's 1991 rock 'n' roll film starring Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan, apparently was close to Arquette's at one point. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2023 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

Time Traveler
The first known use of roll film was in 1895

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“Roll film.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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