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Definition of slow-motion

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: of, relating to, or being motion-picture or video photography in which the action that has been photographed is made to appear to occur slower than it actually occurred a slow-motion replay also : slowly moving a slow-motion dance

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Definition of slow motion (Entry 2 of 2)

: slow-motion photography

Examples of slow-motion in a Sentence

Noun The scene was shot in slow motion. They showed the goal in slow motion.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The arpeggiated synth comes in like piñata candy that rains in slow motion. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 20 Best Daft Punk Songs," 22 Feb. 2021 Hearing the first lyrics of the somber song set to a slow motion video of a young Trebek waving to the crowd is enough to bring tears to devoted fans’ eyes everywhere. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "This 'Jeopardy!' memorial to Alex Trebek hurts my heart," 9 Jan. 2021 According to the news release, the family was only shown two 3-minute video clips, one of which was edited and played in slow motion. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, "Family of man killed by SAPD disappointed by limited body cam footage they were allowed to view," 8 Feb. 2021 Stepping jacks: This is a jumping jack in slow motion — without the jump. Tara Parker-pope New York Times, Star Tribune, "Got 7 minutes for a standing workout?," 29 Jan. 2021 Like a pass slipping through their fingertips in slow motion, the Rams cannot seem to secure a spot in the playoffs, blowing their opportunity to do so first against the winless New York Jets and then against the Seahawks. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Who will be the best losing team from NFC East to reach postseason?," 27 Dec. 2020 On the sideline, Bosa reacted by kicking a trash can, a moment that CBS captured and then showed its television audience in slow motion. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Chargers’ Joey Bosa kicking himself for losing his cool against the Jets," 26 Nov. 2020 In a normal year, a parent-teacher skirmish over discipline might unfold in slow motion through secondhand accounts and private conversations outside school hours. Washington Post, "Distance learning is straining parent-teacher relationships," 12 Nov. 2020 The doctors, in slow motion, take off their masks and smile at the camera. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "As China’s Propaganda Push Continues, Wuhan Emerges as a Star," 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of slow-motion


1923, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Slow-motion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slow motion

: a way of showing action that has been filmed or photographed at a speed that is slower than the actual speed

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