Definition of film in English:



  • 1mass noun A thin flexible strip of plastic or other material coated with light-sensitive emulsion for exposure in a camera, used to produce photographs or motion pictures.

    ‘he had already shot a whole roll of film’
    count noun ‘a new range of films and cameras’
    • ‘The method creates a digital image that is vivid and precise: a photograph that requires neither film nor camera.’
    • ‘Part of the preparation is to make sure you are loaded with film and all the exposure settings on your camera are correct.’
    • ‘They were just about to leave when the photographer realised that he had not put any film into the camera.’
    • ‘All you need is an album, an instant camera, rolls of film and painting materials if you are that way inclined.’
    • ‘This from a man who shot many tens of thousands of sheets of film in his career.’
    • ‘Wearily, she checked her camera for film and took a few pictures.’
    • ‘Liz just laughed, made sure there was film still in the camera and took the picture.’
    • ‘A security guard destroyed a roll of film and broke her camera attempting to remove the battery.’
    • ‘I have the habit of leaving film in my camera until I've forgotten what was on it.’
    • ‘The keenest cameraman of them all, who we thought must have shot at least 200 frames, admitted he had no film in his camera.’
    • ‘Since slide film does not take exposure inaccuracies in its stride, you take every shot three times.’
    • ‘I actually prefer to use colour film with the pinhole camera because it just looks so nice.’
    • ‘He primarily shoots outdoor landscapes and scenics, using both film and digital cameras.’
    • ‘Despite still selling film and cameras, the company began to become debt ridden.’
    • ‘As she tried to fit another roll of film into the camera, sudden loud shots were heard.’
    • ‘So here we are again at the end of another year and several rolls of film through the camera.’
    • ‘One year down the track, that has changed and I have now spent a few days and a roll of film with this camera.’
    • ‘The click he'd heard was the camera running out of film, and shutting it's self off.’
    • ‘After you remove the protective material, the back side is shiny and looks like camera film.’
    • ‘On the way back to my grandparent's house, I bought some film for the camera I kept in my car.’
    • ‘There's no film in the camera, just numbers, so you can turn it on and do whatever you want for as long as you want.’
    1. 1.1 Material in the form of a very thin flexible sheet.
      ‘clear plastic film between the layers of glass’
      • ‘The samples were arranged as flat as possible and wrapped in a single layer of thin polyethylene film.’
      • ‘However, a less costly alternative is to have a clear plastic film laminated onto the glass.’
      • ‘The latest version, known by the brand name Superglass, has two layers of clear film between the panes.’
      • ‘He uses a clear plastic film over seeds or young plants to generate more heat.’
      • ‘Window security film can be clear or tinted to limit transmission of infrared or visible light.’
      • ‘Leave to rise on oiled baking sheets, covered with oiled clear film, for 15 minutes.’
      • ‘Cut the beef fillet into thin slices and, layered between sheets of plastic film, beat until extremely thin.’
      • ‘The moist blots were wrapped in clear plastic film and scanned on a conventional flat bed scanner.’
    2. 1.2count noun A thin layer covering a surface.
      ‘she quickly wiped away the light film of sweat’
      • ‘She looked up at him with a disconcerted, unfocused gaze, her normally clear ice blue eyes covered with a dazed, cloudy film.’
      • ‘We've been dusting the last 24 hours because we found everything covered with a light film of dust.’
      • ‘The first coat should be allowed to dry overnight to give clear pink film.’
      • ‘Now that she was closer she could see a fine, milky-white film covering both eyes.’
      • ‘Dust films are a light powder of clay and silt-sized particles that adhere to rough surfaces and rock fractures.’
      • ‘But look closer and the clear packaging has an unusual matte film, is slightly cloudy and slightly sticky to touch.’
      • ‘These fissures can be sealed with a resin film to protect the surface from decay.’
      • ‘Now think of the same image, but this time the chocolate is covered by a white film on its surface.’
      • ‘The choice of solvent mixture gives a good adhesion to the glass surface and results in thin films covering the glass plates.’
      • ‘Until recently, techniques for determining atomic structure haven't been agile enough to test liquids, except as very thin films.’
      • ‘The darkness appeared as a thick, black fog across the motorway, a blue film of light surrounding it.’
      layer, coat, coating, covering, cover, surface, sheet, patina, blanket, dusting, skin, overlay, screen, mask, wash, glaze, varnish, veneer, veil
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    3. 1.3archaic A fine thread or filament.
      ‘films of silk’
  • 2A story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a cinema or on television.

    ‘a horror film’
    as modifier ‘a film director’
    • ‘This is a delightful family film with layers of humour designed to appeal to all age groups.’
    • ‘The kids in this film don't seem like children.’
    • ‘And there are lots of people who will disagree that any one of the films by the following filmmakers failed.’
    • ‘Approximately 113 Australian fiction films were produced in the years from 1906 to 1914.’
    • ‘She even had a clear idea of the type of film she wanted to make.’
    • ‘The film has clear mass appeal in spite of the intellectual aspirations.’
    • ‘Having read a lot of comments about the film, one thing is clear: I need to see this film again, and soon.’
    • ‘The Danish director's films seem to inspire either love or loathing.’
    • ‘When we made this film we were very clear that we were not going to go that route.’
    • ‘He has recently written and directed his first feature film.’
    • ‘A short documentary film has already been made about his story.’
    • ‘There is a clear warning in this film; we may be headed in the same direction.’
    • ‘The festival closes on Sunday and some of these films don't show after tonight.’
    • ‘The film's title is a reference to the sheet of nine rare postage stamps, which they see as their ticket to the top.’
    • ‘Apart from watching the documentary film was there any other research that you felt was necessary?’
    • ‘It was like watching a horror film unfold.’
    • ‘It is impossible to watch this film without being pierced by their clear, small voices.’
    • ‘So far I have only been able to view the film on an American DVD.’
    • ‘In August and September the concept for my film became clear and it was completed in the autumn.’
    • ‘In the first shot of this film, the camera moves slowly down a cross.’
    movie, picture, feature, feature film
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    1. 2.1mass noun Cinema considered as an art or industry.
      ‘a critical overview of feminist writing on film’
      • ‘Cox rather endearingly refers to film as ‘the movies’ with barely hidden schoolboy zest.’
      • ‘He wrote several books on film and art, notably Dada: Art and Anti-Art.’
      • ‘His analysis proves to be both entertaining and enlightening for film buffs and academics.’
      • ‘The respondent is self-employed as a contractor to the Toronto area film production industry.’
      • ‘Long a film buff, Verna says she's always maintained broad artistic interests.’
      • ‘The match was organised to raise welfare fund for the Bollywood film industry's technicians and stuntmen.’
      • ‘No-one, in UK broadsheets at least, writes terribly convincingly about film at the moment.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the boundaries of acceptability are being pushed hard in the current round of film festival screenings.’
      • ‘Today, traditional art forms are practised alongside painting, photography, theatre and film.’
      • ‘On closer inspection, he found it was a Bollywood film crew.’
      • ‘The film industry has blamed the police for their failure in nabbing the culprits.’
      cinema, movies, the pictures
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  • 1with object Capture on film as part of a series of moving images; make a film of (a story, event, or book)

    ‘she glowered at the television crew who were filming them’
    • ‘The expose was filmed on the set of her show.’
    • ‘The family were filmed over a period of three months and had six cameras installed in their house.’
    • ‘At first I thought we were being filmed for a comedy programme or something.’
    • ‘A couple of years ago, my block was shut down because they were filming a movie.’
    • ‘The show is filmed in a studio, which is part of the house he shares with his family.’
    • ‘If she had her way, by the time the movie was done filming, Ryan and Ann will be very cozy indeed.’
    • ‘The cameraman who filmed the dramatic pictures in Wood Lane that night was Jon Brotherton.’
    • ‘He also filmed a series of shows in New York earlier this year.’
    • ‘Well, it was filmed for television, and therefore is a full frame presentation.’
    • ‘She was filmed by television crews casually bumping into the group and speaking to Mr Howard and Mr Norris.’
    • ‘The movie was filmed on location in Oregon and the period clothing and accoutrements are generally right on.’
    • ‘At the end of this movie, when we do the concert, it was all filmed basically live.’
    • ‘George himself has filmed a spoken word documentary entitled Bone Bristle, now in post-production.’
    • ‘And it certainly has to have resonated with the themes of the movie that you were filming.’
    • ‘One can only pray that they may be filmed for television and DVD.’
    • ‘We didn't know, but they had secretly filmed it on the opening night.’
    • ‘I am filming my next movie soon and I thought that you people should be the second to know.’
    • ‘The second plane, minutes later, was filmed from every angle.’
    • ‘They should film all the episodes again - except with a catch.’
    • ‘Their actions led to them being filmed by Belgian television crews.’
    record on film, shoot, record, take pictures of, make a film of, capture on film, video, photograph
    adapt for film, make into a film
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    1. 1.1film well/badlyno object Be well or badly suited to portrayal in a film.
      ‘an adventure story which would film well’
      • ‘Why it is that Conrad's novels film badly while Greene's film well.’
      • ‘Furthermore, football is one of the grittiest sports, it films well, and it can be molded into just about any metaphor for life.’
  • 2no object Become or appear to become covered with a thin layer of something.

    ‘his eyes had filmed over’
    • ‘His eyes filmed over, and the eternal darkness enclosed his soul.’
    cloud, mist, fog, haze
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Old English filmen ‘membrane’, of West Germanic origin; related to fell.