- The definition of film is a thin layer or coating, or a movie.
- An example of a film is a layer of grease over the top of a cup of soup.
- An example of a film is Grease.
- Film is defined as to cover with a thin layer of something or to create a movie.
- An example of to film is to pour a layer of grease over soup.
- An example of to film is to tape a home video of Christmas.
Reels of movie film.
- a fine, thin skin, surface, layer, or coating
- a sheet or roll of a flexible cellulose material coated with an emulsion sensitive to light and used to capture an image for a photograph or film ()
- a thin veil, haze, or blur
- an opacity of the cornea
- a sequence of photographs or drawings projected on a screen in such rapid succession that they create the optical illusion (because of the persistence of vision) of moving persons and objects
- a play, story, etc. photographed as such a sequence
- the business of making films
- a fine filament
- a gauzy web of filaments
Origin of filmMiddle English ; from Old English filmen, membrane, foreskin: for Indo-European base see fell
- to cover with or as with a film
- to take a photograph or film () of
- to make a film () of (a novel, play, etc.)
- to become covered with a film
- to make a film ( & )
- to be filmed or suitable for filming: this novel won't film well
- A thin skin or membrane.
- A thin, opaque, abnormal coating on the cornea of the eye.
- A thin covering or coating: a film of dust on the piano.
- A thin, flexible, transparent sheet, as of plastic, used in wrapping or packaging.
- a. A thin sheet or strip of flexible material, such as a cellulose derivative or a thermoplastic resin, coated with a photosensitive emulsion and used to make photographic negatives or transparencies.b. A thin sheet or strip of developed photographic negatives or transparencies.
- a. A movie, especially one recorded on film.b. The presentation of such a work.c. A long, narrative movie.d. Movies collectively, especially when considered as an art form.
- A coating of magnetic alloys on glass used in manufacturing computer storage devices.
verbfilmed, film·ing, films
- To cover with or as if with a film.
- To record on film or video using a movie camera: film a rocket launch; film a scene from a ballet.
- To become coated or obscured with or as if with a film: The window filmed over with moisture.
- To make or shoot scenes for a movie.
Origin of filmMiddle English, from Old English filmen; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present films, present participle filming, simple past and past participle filmed)
- To record a motion picture on photographic film
- "A Hollywood studio was filming on-location in NYC."
- To cover with a thin skin or pellicle.
From Middle English filme, from Old English filmen (“film, membrane, thin skin, foreskin”), from Proto-Germanic *filminją (“thin skin, membrane”) (compare Proto-Germanic *felma- (“skin, hide”)), from Proto-Indo-European *pélno-mo (“membrane”), from Proto-Indo-European *pel(w)-, *plē(w)-, *péln- (“skin, hide”). Cognate with Old Frisian filmene (“thin skin, human skin”), Dutch vel (“sheet, skin”), German Fell (“skin, hide, fur”), Swedish fjäll (“fur blanket, cloth, scale”), Norwegian fille (“rag, cloth”), Lithuanian plėvē 'membrane, scab', Russian plevá 'membrane', Greek πέλμα (pélma, “sole of the foot”). More at fell. Sense of a thin coat of something is 1577, extended by 1845 to the coating of chemical gel on photographic plates. By 1895 this also meant the coating plus the paper or celluloid.