\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

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 Like to start -- do like a Saturday night massacre in slow motion. Fox News, "Democrats threaten to investigate Kavanaugh after midterms," 21 Sep. 2018 Standing but moving in slow motion. Sweating. Convulsing. Robert Scheer, Indianapolis Star, "'Think what it’s doing to your brain': Using bug spray to get high," 18 Mar. 2018 The process, as the video shows above, looks a lot like a landing on U.S. carrier in slow motion. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.K. F-35s Will Use Strange Rolling Carrier Landings," 16 Oct. 2018 The scientists The Verge spoke to were generally reluctant to connect the dots between Florence’s slow motion crawl through the Carolinas, and global warming. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Hurricanes stalling like Florence over the Carolinas may get even more common," 15 Sep. 2018 The impact of the statement was probably not helped by the video's creative use of slow motion, which showed the full awesomeness of the watermelon’s demolition -- perhaps even encouraging thrill seekers to emulate the stunt. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Los Angeles mayor's fireworks warning proves lethal -- to a watermelon, anyway," 4 July 2018 Plays that would once have ended in outs can now be studied in slow motion, with the on field verdict often reversed. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "New Glory Days for Slides," 22 June 2018 Once Nick got shot, his death unraveled in gruesome, wrenching slow motion, with lingering glances at his family frantically trying to save him. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Fear the Walking Dead," 30 Apr. 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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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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