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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 Moreover, Ryan shared the video of his fall in his Instagram Stories in slow motion. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Ryan Seacrest Speaks Out on Instagram After Falling Off His Chair During 'Live With Kelly and Ryan'," 8 Jan. 2020 So, the opening slow motion is pretty distinctive, and the RV shootout is a pretty fun gun battle. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Zombieland' Director on Potential Zoey Deutch Spinoff and Favorite Deleted Scenes," 23 Oct. 2019 In slow motion, Ross appeared to grasp the ball before Okudah jarred it away from him. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Clemson rallies to defeat Ohio State in classic Fiesta Bowl semifinal," 30 Dec. 2019 With his back turned to viewers, Murphy steps into the cascading lights from the main stage, turns around and takes off his slick black sunglasses in slow motion. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "You Have to Watch Eddie Murphy's Epic Return to 'SNL' in Black & White Promo," 18 Dec. 2019 Le Guin’s final years, a victory lap in slow motion, were some of the most visible of her half-century career. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 With the latest iPhone 11 family, Apple even upgraded the camera to record in slow motion and enhanced the quality of Portrait Mode photos. CNN Underscored, "10 tech products that changed tech," 24 Dec. 2019 By measuring both and in micro-slow motion, the scientists were able to draw an unexpected conclusion. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Five Birds Have Changed What We Know About How Animals—and Planes—Fly," 25 Nov. 2019 Until now, the consequences of Trump’s foreign policy decisions usually unfolded in slow motion, such as the withdrawals from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal, and the subjugation of Palestinians in the Mideast peace process. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Trump’s rash exit from Syria emboldens Russia and horrifies Israel," 15 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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