\ ˈslō-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce slow-motion (audio) \

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

The slower motion of the ions destabilizes the whole plasma. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 And that is another issue with VAR: slow motion can make the mundane seem violent and vice versa. Jonathan Wilson,, "Spain, Portugal Emerge From World Cup Group After Influential Use of VAR," 25 June 2018 In the cult 1995 teen comedy, Cher Horowitz narrates a clip in which a gang of skeevy high school boys dressed in too big jeans and tees walk through the quad in slow motion. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Could You Love a Man in the Baggy Pants that Took Over the Runways this Season?," 22 Jan. 2019 The 50-second slow motion video, which showcased the whale's impressive 360-degree twist outside of the water, has received more than 17,000 views as of Tuesday evening. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Whale's breathtaking 360-degree breach spin off New Jersey coast captured on video," 29 May 2018 There’s also an automatic mode that captures a slow motion video whenever movement is detected within the frame. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Samsung's New Galaxy S9 Is All About Making the Camera Even Better," 25 Feb. 2018 The previous version his friends saw was a slow motion train wreck. David Sturm, Howard County Times, "The Comeback Kid," 24 May 2018 There is some truly amazing animation, especially with regard to eyes, hair and fur, and the cinematography features long takes, slow motion and even handheld-style camera movements. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Bilal’ story is too big for animation," 2 Feb. 2018 Well, here’s Facebook being LinkedIn in slow motion. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of slow-motion was in 1923

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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