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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a thin layer or coating.

  2. a thin sheet of any material:

    a film of ice.

  3. a thin skin or membrane.

  4. a delicate web of filaments or fine threads.

  5. a thin haze, blur, or mist.

  6. a cellulose nitrate or cellulose acetate composition made in thin sheets or strips and coated with a light-sensitive emulsion for taking photographs or motion pictures.

    Category: Motion Pictures, Photography

  7. Category: Motion Pictures

    Ref: motion picture (defs. 1, 2). 1 2

  8. Often, films, motion pictures collectively. the motion-picture industry, or its productions, operations, etc. motion pictures, as a genre of art or entertainment:

    experimental film.

    Category: Showbiz

  9. (v.t.)to cover with a film, thin skin, or pellicle.

  10. to photograph with a motion-picture camera. to reproduce in the form of a motion picture:

    to film a novel.

    Category: Showbiz

  11. (v.i.)to become covered by a film.

  12. to direct, make, or otherwise engage in the production of motion pictures.

    Category: Showbiz

Origin of film:

bef. 1000; ME filme, OE filmen membrane


Princeton's WordNet

  1. movie, film, picture, moving picture, moving-picture show, motion picture, motion-picture show, picture show, pic, flick(noun)

    a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

    "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location"

  2. film, cinema, celluloid(noun)

    a medium that disseminates moving pictures

    "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events"

  3. film, photographic film(noun)

    photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies

  4. film(noun)

    a thin coating or layer

    "the table was covered with a film of dust"

  5. film, plastic film(verb)

    a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things

  6. film, shoot, take(verb)

    make a film or photograph of something

    "take a scene"; "shoot a movie"

  7. film(verb)

    record in film

    "The coronation was filmed"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. film(verb)ɪlm

    to record moving pictures with a camera

    We're filming the last few scenes in the studio.

  2. film(noun)ɪlm

    a movie

    a film about the American civil war

  3. filmɪlm

    the movie industry

    I work in film.

  4. filmɪlm

    a thin layer or coating of sth formed on a surface

    a film of ice

  5. filmɪlm

    a plastic material used for taking photographs

    a roll of film; scenes caught on film


  1. film(Noun)

    A thin layer of some substance.

  2. film(Noun)

    A medium used to capture images in a camera.

  3. film(Noun)

    A motion picture.

  4. film(Verb)

    To record a motion picture on photographic film

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

  5. film(Verb)

    To cover with a thin skin or pellicle.

    It will but skin and film the ulcerous place. uE000106912uE001 Shakespeare.

  6. Origin: From filme, from filmen, from filminjan (compare felmōn), from pélno-mo, from pel(w)-. Cognate with filmene, vel, Fell, fjäll, fille, plėvē 'membrane, scab', Russian plevá 'membrane', Greek pélma 'foot sole'. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Film(noun)

    a thin skin; a pellicle; a membranous covering, causing opacity; hence, any thin, slight covering

  2. Film(noun)

    a slender thread, as that of a cobweb

  3. Film(verb)

    to cover with a thin skin or pellicle

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'film' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1013

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'film' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1120

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'film' in Nouns Frequency: #312

Anagrams of film

  1. MILF

Translations for film

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a thin strip of) celluloid made sensitive to light on which photographs are taken

photographic film.

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