A film, also known as a "movie" or a "motion picture," is a series of moving images shown on a screen, usually with sound, that make up a story. Some people like to see new films at the theater as soon as they're released.

You might pretend to be a fan of French films while secretly preferring animated films. The movie itself is a film, and you can also use the word to mean the photographic strip of plastic that runs through a camera and captures the film's images. It's also a verb, meaning to use such a camera: "Let's film a scene where you play with my cat!" The Old English root word is filmen, "membrane or thin skin."

Definitions of film
  1. noun
    a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
    “the film was shot on location”
    synonyms: flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show
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    a movie that is made to be shown on television
    feature, feature film
    the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
    final cut
    the final edited version of a movie as approved by the director and producer
    home movie
    a film made at home by an amateur photographer
    collage film
    a movie that juxtaposes different kinds of footage
    coming attraction
    a movie that is advertised to draw customers
    a movie featuring shooting and violence
    short subject
    a brief film; often shown prior to showing the feature
    docudrama, documentary, documentary film, infotainment
    a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
    cinema verite
    a movie that shows ordinary people in actual activities without being controlled by a director
    film noir
    a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
    skin flick
    a pornographic movie
    rough cut
    the first print of a movie after preliminary editing
    silent movie, silent picture, silents
    a movie without a soundtrack
    slow motion
    a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate
    talkie, talking picture
    a movie with synchronized speech and singing
    3-D, 3D, three-D
    a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
    musical, musical comedy, musical theater
    a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
    Western, horse opera
    a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
    animated cartoon, cartoon, toon
    a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
    a short film and commentary about current events
    a short pornographic film shown in a small coin-operated booth
    type of:
    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
    a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
  2. noun
    a medium that disseminates moving pictures
    film coverage of sporting events”
    synonyms: celluloid, cinema
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    silver screen
    the film industry
    type of:
    a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
  3. noun
    photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
    synonyms: photographic film
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    film that has been shot
    film on which materials are photographed at greatly reduced size; useful for storage; a magnification system is used to read the material
    cine-film, motion-picture film, movie film
    photographic film several hundred feet long and wound on a spool; to be used in a movie camera
    a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed
    orthochromatic film
    a photographic film sensitive to green and blue and violet light
    panchromatic film
    photographic film sensitive to light of all colors (including red)
    a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
    a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
    photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light
    roll film
    photographic film wound on a spool
    episode, sequence
    film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie
    X-ray film
    photographic film used to make X-ray pictures
    film clip
    a strip of motion picture film used in a telecast
    a dental X-ray film that can be held in place by the teeth during radiography
    small sheet of microfilm on which many pages of material have been photographed; a magnification system is used to read the material
    sound film
    motion-picture film with sound effects and dialogue recorded on it
    a film sequence made by editing together a series of separate scenes or shots
    type of:
    photographic material, photographic paper
    light-sensitive paper on which photograph can be printed
  4. verb
    make a film or photograph of something
    synonyms: shoot, take
    photograph, shoot, snap
    record on photographic film
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    shoot again
    type of:
    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
  5. verb
    record in film
    “The coronation was filmed
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    cinematise, cinematize
    make a film of or adopt so as to make into a film
    record on microfilm
    type of:
    enter, put down, record
    make a record of; set down in permanent form
    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  6. noun
    a thin coating or layer
    “the table was covered with a film of dust”
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    a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
    a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
    soap film
    a film left on objects after they have been washed in soap
    oil slick
    a thin film of oil floating on top of water (especially crude oil spilled from a ship)
    dross, scoria, slag
    the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals
    type of:
    object, physical object
    a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow
  7. noun
    a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
    synonyms: plastic film
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    (trade mark) a plastic film that can polarize a beam of light; often used in sunglasses to eliminate glare
    the clinging transparent plastic film that is used to shrinkwrap something
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    flat solid, sheet
    a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width
    wrap, wrapper, wrapping
    the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped
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