stop-action

noun

stop-ac·​tion ˈstäp-ˈak-shən How to pronounce stop-action (audio)
often attributive

Examples of stop-action in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Boston artist projects patterns on boulders or a large boat propeller, using stop-action animation to suggest aquatic currents or glacial movements. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 For roughly two years, Connelly has been on a mission to track down every interesting historical tool, book, clock, photo, pencil sharpener, cotton sample and stop-action motion picture camera still lurking in the thousands of rooms that make up the USDA. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, 22 Oct. 2023 Ages 6+ The Nightmare Before Christmas Tim Burton's brilliant stop-action Halloween tale is a classic. Christin Perry, Parents, 22 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stop-action was in 1946

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“Stop-action.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stop-action. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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