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  1. film
  2. noun

    • 1. a thin flexible strip of plastic or other material coated with light-sensitive emulsion for exposure in a camera, used to produce photographs or motion pictures:

      he had already shot a whole roll of film a new range of films and cameras
    • 2. material in the form of a very thin flexible sheet:

      clear plastic film between the layers of glass
    • 3. a thin layer covering a surface:

      she quickly wiped away the light film of sweat
    • 4. a fine thread or filament:

      films of silk
    • 5. a story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a cinema or on television:

      a horror film a film director
    • 6. cinema considered as an art or industry:

      a critical overview of feminist writing on film
      Synonym : cinema, movies, the pictures


    • 1. capture on film as part of a series of moving images; make a film of (a story, event, or book):

      she glowered at the television crew who were filming them
      Synonym : record on film, shoot, record, take pictures of, make a film of, capture on film, video, photograph, adapt for film, make into a film
    • 2. be well or badly suited to portrayal in a film:

      an adventure story which would film well
    • 3. become or appear to become covered with a thin layer of something:

      his eyes had filmed over
      Synonym : cloud, mist, fog, haze, become blurred, blur, dull, blear
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: film, plural noun: films

    • v.: verb: film, 3rd person present: films, gerund or present participle: filming, past tense: filmed, past participle: filmed