Film meaning

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A thin skin or membrane.
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A thin, opaque, abnormal coating on the cornea of the eye.
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A thin, flexible, transparent sheet, as of plastic, used in wrapping or packaging.
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A thin covering or coating.

A film of dust on the piano.

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A coating of magnetic alloys on glass used in manufacturing computer storage devices.
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To record on film or video using a movie camera.

Film a rocket launch; film a scene from a ballet.

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To make or shoot scenes for a movie.
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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.
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An opacity of the cornea.
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To make a film of (a novel, play, etc.)
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A light-sensitive or x-ray-sensitive substance used in taking photographs or radiographs.
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Film is an analog method for recording still photos and moving images. Following Daguerreotype photography (see image), still image film was invented by George Eastman in 1885, who founded Eastman Kodak Company three years later.Film is a strip of plastic coated with an emulsion of light-sensitive silver halide crystals. In monochrome film, the crystals absorb the light. In the development process, they become silver and block the light to become the black areas on the negative. Color film has layers of color sensitive dyes starting on top: blue; yellow to prevent blue leakage; green-blue and red-blue. In development, the color dyes are retained and combine to form the colored image. See film camera.
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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.

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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.

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A thin layer of some substance; a pellicle; a membranous covering, causing opacity.

A clear plastic film for wrapping food.

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(photography) A medium used to capture images in a camera.
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A motion picture.
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A slender thread, such as that of a cobweb.
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To record a motion picture on photographic film.

"A Hollywood studio was filming on-location in NYC."

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To cover with a thin skin or pellicle.
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To cover with or as if with a film.
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To become coated or obscured with or as if with a film.

The window filmed over with moisture.

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A fine, thin skin, surface, layer, or coating.
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A thin veil, haze, or blur.
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To cover with or as with a film.
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To become covered with a film.
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A thin layer or membranous coating.
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Origin of film

  • Middle English from Old English filmen pel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary