stop-mo·​tion ˈstäp-ˈmō-shən How to pronounce stop-motion (audio)
often attributive
: a filming technique in which successive positions of objects (such as clay models) are photographed to produce the appearance of movement

Examples of stop-motion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fairfax has become one of the nation’s top beaver evangelists, gaining fans with her stop-motion animation video showing how beaver wetlands can slow the intensity of wildfire, and for her concept of Smokey the Beaver as a counterpart to the Fire Service’s ursine poster child for fire suppression. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 From the World of Minor Threats: Barfly teams up the duo, who created Hulu’s stop-motion Marvel series M.O.D.O.K., with comics author Kyle Starks and artist Ryan Browne, the illustrator of indie hit Eight Billion Genies. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Mar. 2024 Sora is above and beyond any current AI video generators, which feel more like stop-motion reels than true videos. Maxwell Zeff / Gizmodo, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 Everything's gone stop-motion in Abed's eyes, a hallucination requiring a therapeutic trip to the North Pole. Chancellor Agard,, 6 Mar. 2024 But by the time of ‘My Father’s Dragon,’ Netflix also had its ‘Pinocchio’ stop-motion movie and there were so many other great films. Alex Ritman, Variety, 5 Mar. 2024 Following the death of her overbearing mother, a stop-motion animator (Aisling Franciosi) creates macabre puppets for a new movie about a scared girl being hunted by a dark figure and is driven mad when the creepy characters come to terrifying life. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 Basically, the movie does for directing stop-motion animation what The Shining did for writing a novel. Clark Collis,, 24 Jan. 2024 There’s documentaries, there’s puppetry, there’s yarn stop-motion. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stop-motion was in 1912

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“Stop-motion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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