Definition of time-lapse in English:



  • Denoting the photographic technique of taking a sequence of frames at set intervals to record changes that take place slowly over time. When the frames are shown at normal speed the action seems much faster.

    • ‘He felt as if in just a few short months he had aged ten years - like time-lapse photography of rotting vegetables.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the multiple parallel lines of the streets give the blurry impression of a time-lapse photograph of headlights and tail lights produced by moving traffic.’
    • ‘Watching the hyper-rapid progress of digital cameras over the last few years has been like seeing a series of time-lapse photographs of a flower blooming.’
    • ‘I have always enjoyed time-lapse photography - you know, flowers opening, seeds sprouting, clouds racing across the sky as the sun arcs toward the western horizon.’
    • ‘Using time-lapse photography it shows hair shooting from skin and sweat forming on fingertips, while heat-sensitive film shows how the body cools itself.’
    • ‘It was like watching time-lapse photography of a cell dividing and growing.’
    • ‘Sadly, not having access to time-lapse photography, he failed to understand how birds actually flew - and, even if they had ever been built, his machines would have been unworkable.’
    • ‘We see time-lapse photography of plants springing to life and decaying, then images of floods, war and catastrophe.’
    • ‘Many children are now receiving their fifth scan, providing a remarkable time-lapse movie as a record of how their brains have developed.’
    • ‘Scientists could take a series of such images to create a ‘movie’ of the changes, analogous to time-lapse photography for slow processes like a flower coming into bloom.’
    • ‘The film's stylistic time-lapse photography and multi-layered narrative isn't always successful.’
    • ‘A time-lapse camera recorded the entire event, compressing it into a 100-minute film that became a work in its own right.’
    • ‘In the over-heated Westminster hot-house, rumour sprouts rumour in rapid motion, rather like those speeded-up films used in time-lapse photography.’
    • ‘His face flushed from glimmering blue-white to a deathly pale grey, like a dying flower watched in time-lapse photography.’
    • ‘For all its effort, the film relies too heavily on atmosphere, time-lapse photography and the film-makers' impressions of Beijing's rock scene.’
    • ‘It was like watching something in time-lapse photography.’
    • ‘Astronomy, too, benefits from the miracle of time-lapse photography.’
    • ‘It is nature which appears to speak to us when she presents time-lapse photography of emerging seedlings, shots of swaying underwater flowers blooming or pinkish shots of the earth taken from space.’
    • ‘To address this, we used a time-lapse imaging technique to directly measure cell cycle parameters in living embryos.’
    • ‘It can be viewed in far shorter order, of course, since much of it is presented in the 16-minute video as time-lapse photography.’