• WordNet 3.6
    • v film make a film or photograph of something "take a scene","shoot a movie"
    • v film record in film "The coronation was filmed"
    • n film a thin coating or layer "the table was covered with a film of dust"
    • n film photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
    • n film a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
    • n film a medium that disseminates moving pictures "theater pieces transferred to celluloid","this story would be good cinema","film coverage of sporting events"
    • n film 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On April 6, 1925, the first in-flight movie was shown. It was a silent film and appeared on a Deutsche Luft Hansa flight
    • Film (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.
    • Film a motion picture.
    • Film A slender thread, as that of a cobweb. "Her whip of cricket's bone, the lash of film ."
    • Film A thin skin; a pellicle; a membranous covering, causing opacity. "He from thick films shall purge the visual ray."
    • Film a thin transparent sheet of plastic, used for wrapping objects; as, polyethylene film .
    • Film hence, any thin layer covering a surface.
    • Film the art of making motion pictures; -- used mostly in the phrase the film.
    • Film (Photog) The layer, usually of gelatin or collodion, containing the sensitive salts of photographic plates.
    • Film To cover with a thin skin or pellicle. "It will but skin and film the ulcerous place."
    • Film 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Georgia, movie houses that want to show films on Sunday must reserve one showing a month for religious material.
    • n film A very thin skin or membrane; a pellicle; an attenuated layer, lamina, or sheet of any substance: as, a membranous or watery film over the eye; a film of oil or gelatin; a film of lace, gauze, etc.; a film of air between two plates.
    • n film Specifically In photography: The coating on a plate mechanically and chemically prepared to serve as a medium for taking a picture, either before or after it has been sensitized: as, the collodion film of the wet plate, or the gelatin film of the dry plate.
    • n film A skin or film, usually composed in great part of gelatin, made to serve as a medium for receiving a picture, as that described under
    • n film but so prepared as to be independent of any supporting plate, or to admit of being stripped intact from such a plate. It is called film at any stage of the photographic process, before or after sensitization or the making of the picture.
    • n film A fine thread, as of a cobweb.
    • film To cover with a film, or thin skin or pellicle.
    • film To become covered by a film; become obscured, as if covered by a film.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: India is the leading film making country in the world. More than twice as many films are made in India each year than in France, the third highest film producers in the world.
    • n Film film 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 Film to cover with a film, or thin skin
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  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “Films can only be made by by-passing the will of those who appear in them, using not what they do, but what they are.”
  • Werner Herzog
    Werner Herzog
    “You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.”
  • Igor Stravinsky
    Igor Stravinsky
    “Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.”
  • Woody Allen
    “If my films make one more person miserable, I'll feel I have done my job.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “A film is a petrified fountain of thought.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “Why should people pay good money to go out and see bad films when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. film, skin, fr. fell, skin; akin to fylmen, membrane, OFries. filmene, skin. See Fell skin


In literature:

The cord finally disappeared, while the funnels melted into two ghost-like films, shaped like parasols.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
A frond of sea-weed, as long as it is in the ocean, unfolds its delicate films and glows with its subdued colours.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
And the films don't always have happy endings, because life isn't always kind.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
I mean, of course, all those that a certain film company requires.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 29, 1914" by Various
And if you wouldn't mind using an extra film, I'd like one of Chrissie.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
And then what would the Alectrion Film Corporation do about this next picture that had been planned?
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
It makes the soil finer, thus increasing the surface for holding film water and enabling it to conduct more water by capillarity.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
When at last he unwrapped the paper, he found nothing more than a film, a small, moving-picture film.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
Mr. Hammond, president of the Alectrion Film Corporation, encouraged her to write others.
"Ruth Fielding At College" by Alice B. Emerson
But I know that as I worked at it, every flake and film of colour seemed to me to reveal my secret.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

We sat at twilight nigh the sea,
The fog hung gray and weird.
Through the thick film uncannily
The broken moon appeared.
"Off Rough Point" by Emma Lazarus
This fragile film of black and white,--
A traveller over land and sea--,
Is all the bond I have to-night
Between the friend I loved and me.
"In Memoriam. G.M.M." by John Lawson Stoddard
Remembered as a dream,
Thy soft song glories seem
To hover on Time's outmost purple bound;
Thy hautbois and guitar—
They touch us with the merest film of sound!
"To Provence" by Maurice Thompson
Films have rolled on by the million
But still Sally struggled along
She played parts big and small, but the smallest of all
Was when she played a flea on King Kong.
"The Sobstuff Sister" by Billy Bennett
Take your hats off to Sal as a film star
She’s a trier, some trooper, some gel
When she goes back to work in the laundry again
Take your shirts and your pants off as well.
"The Sobstuff Sister" by Billy Bennett
Films have rolled on by the million
In the Ghost Train film Sal played the Station
But the leading man, he had an onion for tea
So they called it ‘The Breath of a Nation’.
"The Sobstuff Sister" by Billy Bennett

In news:

Shrek Forever After may be an animated film made with children in mind, but that hasn't stopped its cast from getting gushy about the film and its implications.
They have no more midnight book release parties to look forward too -- and not many films either -- so these days the release of a film trailer is enough to whip Harry Potter fans into a frenzy.
Waner Bro.s has just released 40 new stills from the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince SPOILER ALERT: These photos reveal much about the film.
Premiere film sets 'positive tone' for start of Bay City festival Hell's Half Mile Film fest.
The 12th-annual Wisconsin Film Festival (WFF) is the state's premier film festival.
This excerpt is part of The Economist Film Project series of independently produced films aired in partnership between The Economist and the NewsHour.
Silent film fans have quite the treat next Thursday as Tupelo filmmaker Rex Curry Harsin brings his series of Chaplin-esque short films to Oxford, set to music from silent film composer Donald Sosin.
A production company is on-location filming a full length feature film at Camp Harlow .
Film to be 'family-friendly sports film'.
FTER WOODY ALLEN WATCHED the first version of "September," his new film opening Dec 18, he went out and filmed it all over again - rethought, rewritten and, because time, tide and actors wait for no man, substantially recast.
Clint Eastwood's 23rd film as director, Blood Work, is another crime thriller in the mode of, but better than, True Crime (1998) and Absolute Power (1996), two of his last three films.
The Big Sur International Short Film Screening Series culled 1,000 films to 54 that screened over 11 weeks and have been boiled down to a handful of finalists.
The director's 32nd feature film, which will screen at the Toronto film fest, looks at people who have touched the other side of death.
A 10-year-old film is our key recommendation at the Wine Country Film Festival.
Film 360 also will produce the film that marks the debut of newcomer scribes Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Will Frank.

In science:

Application of an earlier correlation similar to equation (3) using Prandtl and Schmidt numbers estimated at average film temperature/concentrations (Trinh, 1969) gave the result in Figure 3.
On the Sieder state correction and its equivalent in mass transfer
Abstract: The optical emission spectra from Ge films on Si are markedly different from their bulk Ge counterparts. Whereas bulk Ge emission is dominated by the material’s indirect gap, the photoluminescence signal from Ge films is mainly associated with its direct band gap.
Direct vs. indirect optical recombination in Ge films grown on Si substrates
Figure 1 shows the PL signal from a "quasi-Ge" film on Si.
Direct vs. indirect optical recombination in Ge films grown on Si substrates
Thus the dominance of the direct gap emission in our Ge films is to be expected.
Direct vs. indirect optical recombination in Ge films grown on Si substrates
An additional discrepancy between the Ge-film emission and the corrected bulk Ge emission is the relative spectral redshift of the Ge film spectrum, as seen in Fig. 1.
Direct vs. indirect optical recombination in Ge films grown on Si substrates