Definition of slow motion in English:

slow motion


  • [mass noun] The action of showing film or playing back video more slowly than it was made or recorded, so that the action appears much slower than in real life:

    ‘the scene was shown in slow motion’
    [as modifier] ‘a slow-motion sequence’
    • ‘Gratuitous slow-motion shots drum up the tension for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘Occasional slow-motion replays highlight particularly dexterous handling of cooking pans or ingredients, for example.’
    • ‘As the music blared, he watched approvingly as the screen played a slow-motion video.’
    • ‘I prefer still, silent throes of ecstasy to jabbing hands and slow-motion seizures.’
    • ‘The center of the screen is filled with three different rectangles of slow-motion video.’
    • ‘I can't go into all the details just yet, but I can say that our slow-motion gameplay sequences will be player initiated and very interactive.’
    • ‘Such devices as choker close-ups and step-printing - which creates eerie slow-motion death scenes - establish an undertone of fatalism and constriction.’
    • ‘I could see his attitude and coldness reappearing slowly, like a slow-motion car crash, and I knew that this was going to end up being as disastrous as our conversation the previously afternoon.’
    • ‘When you watch goals back on video, especially those slow-motion replays, everything appears to happen so much more slowly than it does.’
    • ‘Finally, what would an action movie be without slow-motion action sequences?’
    • ‘The clinician can use a video recorder to film the thrower and analyze the biomechanics during slow-motion playback to pinpoint improper mechanics.’
    • ‘This one-note movie stretches on protractedly to an almost two hour running time, and you can't help but think if they removed the abundant slow-motion shots, they'd shorten it by half.’
    • ‘Besides, many action actors get paid by the line, so never use dialogue when a slow-motion close-up and a violin score will do the job.’
    • ‘A slow-motion video clip of the crucial moment for the goal is passed around amongst the group, enabling each person to decide whether the referee's decision was the right one.’
    • ‘Instead, the emphasis is on the slickness: Alice, her ridiculous jump kick and a close-up, slow-motion shot of a bullet casing her gun discharges.’
    • ‘The motif, in concert with the low-angle shot and slow-motion photography, heightens the tension in this penultimate moment prior to delivery.’
    • ‘Indeed, there is very little that's new to admire from the director's bag of tricks, save for the odd kick or punch, which sends an adversary flying in various slow-motion directions.’
    • ‘A slow-motion gun battle ballet where the morally confused killer and less than law abiding cop exchange turgid glances and round after round of titanium hailstones?’
    • ‘What's worse is that the slow-motion fight sequence in which Peter fights a bully slides almost into a parody of that film's innovative effects.’
    • ‘And, even if the subsequent slow-motion montage of a carefree Janey and Jim playing on the beach maybe over-emphasises the point, it's still quite lovely.’


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