One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Material in thin plastic sheets that produces a high degree of plane polarization in light passing through it.as modifier ‘Polaroid sunglasses’
- 1.1Polaroids Sunglasses with lenses made from Polaroid plastic.‘I lectured, pulling my Polaroids down to the end of my nose’sunglasses, dark glassesView synonyms
- 1.1Polaroids Sunglasses with lenses made from Polaroid plastic.
2A photograph taken with a Polaroid camera.‘she's come to take more Polaroids’
- ‘The show's centerpiece was the ‘Hand with Spot’ series: 13 grainy, vastly enlarged Polaroids of the artist's left hand.’
- ‘The images they produce are undeniably crude, but like Polaroids or snapshots from vintage or ‘toy’ cameras, that lack of finesse lends a distinctive, awkward charm.’
- ‘‘Get the pretty ones at the top,’ he says as he poses in the window of The Matchmaker pub for a photograph, the Polaroids spilling out from the pages of names and particulars.’
- ‘Dash Snow apparently took his Polaroids to capture his life by night.’
- ‘Some of his Polaroids were originally shot within miles of the hotel and the surrounding beaches, including Miami Beach, South Beach, Hollywood Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach and Golden Beach.’
- ‘If you want instant gratification shoot Polaroids.’
- ‘This was of course next to all the snapshots of their team's crashes and a few Polaroids of team members in the hospital, usually giving a thumbs up.’
- ‘After threatening Bourgeau and others with arrest if they didn't cooperate, police officers took close-up Polaroids of some of the images.’
- ‘Gonzalo Ruffat's website has lots of blurry nudes, presented as if they were Polaroids.’
- ‘Meanwhile, the Drama of the Photo Shoot continues, as I showed the Polaroids to a few of my nearest and dearest.’
- ‘This Japanese tale of first love sounds simple, but then you find out that the film was shot in 16 mm, 8mm, video, Polaroids and digital photos.’
- ‘This sensation of dilated time is also present in several 1976 Polaroids showing ordinary things in Welling's studio and the restaurant where he worked during that period.’
- ‘In between the spritzers and sea breezes, they keep track of their dates and potential partners by taking some very strange Polaroids of them - Polaroids that are not of faces but more unusual areas of the body…’
- ‘Leandro Erlich and Judi Werthein of Argentina invited visitors to pose for Polaroids against a photomural of a ski chalet, on a set equipped with skis and covered with artificial snow.’
- ‘The edge of a television screen can be seen and the Polaroid from the first photograph is subtly inserted in the rumpled sheets, implying that someone is underneath them.’
- ‘Xavier Damon's work consists of Polaroids that are being enlarged to fairly large sizes.’
- ‘Working from Polaroids, Kriek has managed to capture the characteristic luminous, blurry grain of commercial Polaroids, and translate this into oversized re-presentations of the images as watercolour paintings.’
- ‘During a 15-year moratorium on videomaking, beginning in 1979, Campus experimented with large-format Polaroids, then turned to the new medium of digital photography.’
- ‘Talbot's negative-positive process was a major factor in the decline of the daguerreotype - which was a one-shot, like a Polaroid.’
- ‘The top photo was a Polaroid of a smiling woman leaning against a tree, her long brown hair blowing slightly in the breeze.’
1Relating to or denoting a type of camera with internal processing that produces a finished print rapidly after each exposure.
- ‘It came to me after I'd finished posting about my new Polaroid camera a while back, and was Googling for more info.’
- ‘Sugar-pink boom boxes, CD players, Polaroid cameras, wallets, T-shirts and cushions count as run-of-the-mill merchandise.’
- ‘During some downtime several years ago, he hit on the idea of jamming a Polaroid camera to see if it would produce a double exposure, superimposing two separate images overtop one another.’
- ‘But now, thanks to a sudden, global enthusiasm for Polaroid cameras, the humiliation of seeing yourself head-down in a punch bowl while gripping your boss in an armlock may well become an almost instantaneous experience.’
- ‘I have a couple of what I think of as toy cameras, an Action Sampler bought super-cheap and seldom used, a Polaroid camera that prints little stickers.’
- 1.1 Denoting film for or a photograph taken with a Polaroid camera.‘a small Polaroid snapshot’
- ‘It will record the daylight present on the summer solstice on Polaroid film with no camera.’
- ‘This manipulated Polaroid print can then be scanned into a computer and further manipulated by the artist.’
- ‘He made a closer study of the Polaroid print, for the boy appeared very dark-skinned, suggesting that perhaps he shared some native bloodlines as well.’
- ‘The physical appearance of Polaroid prints can vary depending on the camera that was used to create them.’
- ‘Depending on the tools used and the hand technique, the Polaroid film is manipulated to the artist's satisfaction.’
1930s: from polarize + -oid.
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