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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

slow motion

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: 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
On Wednesday, the Avengers star, 40, posted a slow-motion video featuring his wife, Elsa Pataky, 47, swimming underwater. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 The cameras also have zoom and super slow-motion capabilities that could show how close a kick made it inside the uprights or straight down the middle. Joe Reedy, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2024 In the heart of Asia, deep underground, two huge tectonic plates are crashing into each other — a violent but slow-motion bout of geological bumper cars that over time has sculpted the soaring Himalayan mountains. Denise Chow, NBC News, 5 Feb. 2024 On Sunday, three cameras on each goal post with 4K zoom and slow-motion capabilities can capture not just missed kicks but other scenes that unfold on the field from a unique perspective. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 Orbiting, stalling, inverting The study team compiled hundreds of slow-motion videos capturing the behaviors of butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, dragonflies and damselflies, and found that the critters were not attracted to faraway lights. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 There will be slow-motion footage of red-and-white scarves, twirling and writhing. Rory Smith, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Despite the slow-motion pullback to the office, though, some Fortune 100 companies have indicated their intention to remain hybrid. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2024 Among the more serious of these risks is the slow-motion train wreck that is occurring in the commercial-real-estate sector. Desmond Lachman, National Review, 12 Jan. 2024
Since his incarceration in early 2021, Mr. Navalny, Russia’s most formidable opposition figure, and his staff regularly suggested his conditions were so grim that he was being put to death in slow motion. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Silverman tells the excited pup before showing the pet's feat in slow motion. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Slo-Mo: No prizes for guessing that this is the slow motion mode, which captures video at a high frame rate. David Nield, Popular Science, 7 Feb. 2024 Take your power back by creating moments to move in slow motion. Essence, 10 Jan. 2024 Piece by piece, the reporters explained how systemic failures — neglect of the public’s health, policy car-wrecks in slow motion — have led us to the epidemic of chronic illness. Stat Staff, STAT, 29 Dec. 2023 The sweeping views of the caldera are like watching a moving postcard in slow motion. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Dec. 2023 That marked another milestone in Canada’s slow motion march to modernize its TV industry, while offering a lifeline to local linear TV networks in decline due to cord-cutting and ad dollars shifting online. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Dec. 2023 Birmingham's final miraculous play in slow motion as time ran out. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1915, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slow-motion was in 1915

Dictionary Entries Near slow-motion

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Cite this Entry

“Slow-motion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

slow motion

: action in a film or television picture apparently taking place more slowly than it actually occurred
slow-motion adjective
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