What does film mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word film.

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"


  1. Film(n.)

    (Photog.) The layer, usually of gelatin or collodion, containing the sensitive salts of photographic plates.

  2. Film(n.)

    (Photog.) a flexible sheet of celluloid or other plastic material to which a light-sensitive layer has been applied, used for recording images by the processes of photography. It is commonly used in rolls mounted within light-proof canisters suitable for simple insertion into cameras designed for such canisters. On such rolls, varying numbers of photographs may be taken before the canister needs to be replaced.

  3. Film(n.)

    a motion picture.

  4. Film(n.)

    the art of making motion pictures; -- used mostly in the phrase the film.

  5. Film(n.)

    a thin transparent sheet of plastic, used for wrapping objects; as, polyethylene film.

  6. Film(n.)

    hence, any thin layer covering a surface.

  7. Film(v. t.)

    to make a motion picture of (any event or literary work); to record with a movie camera; as, to film the inauguration ceremony; to film Dostoevsky's War and Peace.


  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

  4. Origin: [AS. film skin, fr. fell skin; akin to fylmen membrane, OFries. filmene skin. See Fell skin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Film

    film, n. a thin skin or membrane: a very slender thread: the coating on a plate prepared to act as a medium for taking a picture.—v.t. to cover with a film, or thin skin.—n. Film′iness.—adj. Film′y, composed of film or membranes. [A.S. filmen, extended from fell, a skin.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of film in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of film in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ben Carson on Monday:

    I saw the film of it.

  2. Ben Carson:

    I saw the film of it, yes.

  3. Jeff Goldstein:

    He’s terrific in this film.

  4. Donna Orender:

    Life is not a highlight film.

  5. Tonya Rapley:

    It's basically a highlight film.

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