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.
- photographic film
- picture show
- moving-picture show
- plastic film
To make a film.
To take a photograph or film of.
Other Word Forms of Film
Origin of Film
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.
Middle English from Old English filmen pel-3 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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