• WordNet 3.6
    • adj celluloid artificial as if portrayed in a film "a novel with flat celluloid characters"
    • n celluloid a medium that disseminates moving pictures "theater pieces transferred to celluloid","this story would be good cinema","film coverage of sporting events"
    • n celluloid highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphor; used in e.g. motion-picture and X-ray film; its use has decreased with the development of nonflammable thermoplastics
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first plastic ever invented was celluloid in 1868. It's still used today to make billiard balls.
    • n Celluloid A substance composed essentially of gun cotton and camphor, and when pure resembling ivory in texture and color, but variously colored to imitate coral, tortoise shell, amber, malachite, etc. It is used in the manufacture of jewelry and many small articles, as combs, brushes, collars, and cuffs; -- originally called xylonite.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n celluloid A substance made of guncotton, camphor, and some other ingredients, imitating ivory, or, when colored, tortoise-shell, coral, amber, malachite, etc. Many articles, useful and ornamental, are manufactured from it.
    • celluloid Having the shape or semblance of cells.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Celluloid a hard elastic compound used for ivory, obtained by hydraulic pressure from pyroxylin, mixed with camphor, &c
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  • Orson Welles
    “Ecstasy is not really part of the scene we can do on celluloid.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cellul,ose + -oid,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. celle—L. cella, conn. with celāre, to cover.


In literature:

And if it was a Bright Green Celluloid Fish she was to catch it!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Instantly a straggly man with a celluloid collar left the group by the door, whisked over to the Greek professor, and fawned upon him.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
The waterproof sheets recommended are thin sheets of celluloid, such as are used by photographers.
"Bookbinding, and the Care of Books" by Douglas Cockerell
Sheets of celluloid prepared for sketching are invaluable in sketching in the rain.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Tie-on celluloid labels, to affix to the cages.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
I was buyin' a biled shirt and celluloid collar, in Mr.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
One of the boys she liked was ruefully holding out a torn celluloid collar.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The windows and doors can either be painted in place, or the windows can be cut and backed up with sheet celluloid.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
He wore a cheap gray suit and a celluloid collar, and was as careless in his way as his wife.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
It's one of those celluloid things, but I never saw such a big one before.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells

In poetry:

The Moon is like a ping-pong ball;
I lean against the orchard wall,
And see it soar into the void,
A silky sphere of celluloid.
"Moon-Lover" by Robert W Service
Baby at play I was washing the flood
Now they won't give us any more food
The pieces are here in my celluloid purse
Innocent baby play our death curse
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
They dance between their arclamps and our skull,
Impose their shots, showing the nights away;
We watch the show of shadows kiss or kill
Flavoured of celluloid give love the lie.
"Our Eunuch Dreams" by Dylan Thomas
Oh, yes, the gush of spring is strong enough
to toss the globe of earth like a ball on a water-jet
dancing sportfully;
as you see a tiny celluloid ball tossing on a squirt of water
for men to shoot at, penny-a-time, in a booth at a fair.
"Craving For Spring" by D H Lawrence

In news:

The Winter Wildlands Alliance is throwing the first celluloid punch this year with the 8th annual Backcountry Film Festival.
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were successful in the movies, but not really great—one of the authentic crazy acts was reduced on celluloid to processed cheese, just like Elvis Presley.
Author Ian Fleming 's suave superspy, James Bond, turns the ripe age of 50 on celluloid this year, and the folks over at Fort Lauderdale's Green Room nightclub, 109 S W.
Perhaps more than any other area, that's where the celluloid cliche most dramatically diverges from reality.
GO THE ILLUSIONIST Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist breathes life into a celluloid fossil, lovingly animating an unproduced script by the great filmmaker Jacques Tati.
Before Humphrey Bogart immortalized Sam Spade on celluloid, the private eye appeared in the novels of Dashiell Hammett.
In fact, in the early design years, we used simple slide projection, celluloid film, and alternate surfaces to create.
Vinton Studios, Portland, Ore. An animation company, acquired Celluloid Studios, Denver.
Digital projection and 3D movies are coming soon to the Odyssey Theatre Lafayette Square 7 where crews began replacing the theater's old 35mm celluloid projectors.
You can't burn it, rip it, or upload it to your mp3 player, but we'll be damned if there isn't something special about it, a rare warmth, an analog soulfulness that's not unlike another endangered substance we also like to revere, celluloid.
In case you haven't noticed, digital capture and projection are slowly sending old-fashioned celluloid into the archives.
In this very strange passion project, Keanu Reeves goes around and interviews a bunch of his famous friends/collaborators about movies' transition from celluloid grain to digital pixels.
Chris Kenneally's documentary about the inexorable rise of digital as the medium in which films are being shot and disseminated is a must-see for AV geeks and cinephiles — even die-hard celluloid fans.
Stay home with the kids instead of seeing this waste of celluloid.
The sauciest, fashion-savviest girl gang flick ever committed to celluloid.

In science:

In 1927 Clinton Davisson and Lester Germer observed the diffraction of electron beams from a nickel crystal - demonstrating the wave-like properties of particles for the first time - and George (G P) Thompson did the same with thin films of celluloid and other materials shortly afterwards.
Quantum interference of molecules -- probing the wave nature of matter