\ˈslō-ˈmō-shən \

Definition of slow-motion 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


The scene was shot in slow motion. They showed the goal in slow motion.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Volcano opens with an arrestingly lovely sequence, an extended aerial shot of droplets splashing in slow motion onto a dark body of water before a huge, mysterious barge swims into view. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 The flight of a bumblebee in slow motion at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Photos: Bumblebees swarm Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens as lotus flowers reach peak bloom," 9 July 2018 The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center said the slow motion of the storms expected in the I-95 corridor Tuesday afternoon is of concern. Martin Finucane,, "Slow-moving thunderstorms are expected to drench some areas of Mass.," 3 July 2018 The end of Sternberg’s version of Band was a car crash in extremely slow motion. Sam Schube, GQ, "Scott Sternberg on His New Line, His Exit from Band of Outsiders, and Making Clothes for the Entire World," 4 Apr. 2018 Williams' music captures the angelic majesty of the planes soaring in slow motion and the euphoria of Bale's almost feverish Jim, turning the moment into a religious experience. Tim Greiving,, "How much gold can lie in 45 Oscar losses? In the case of John Williams, the answer is: Tons," 2 Mar. 2018 And a lot of kicking and twirling and hacking and stabbing and pounding and chopping and screaming and running, sometimes in slow motion and not long in coming. Robert Lloyd,, "Review: 'The Outpost' is a revenge fantasy you've dreamed before but with a few surprises," 9 July 2018 There are many jumps: some brisk and flickering, some heroic and coursing, but others, in a later section, have a curiously lazy quality, as if in slow motion. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018 The rest seemed to happen in slow motion, Edeza said. Gary Warth,, "Victim of burn attack finds forgiveness, looks ahead," 5 July 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above


1924, in the meaning defined above

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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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