a thin layer or coating: a film of grease on a plate.
a thin sheet of any material: a film of ice.
a thin skin or membrane.
a delicate web of filaments or fine threads.
a thin haze, blur, or mist.
a cellulose nitrate or cellulose acetate composition made in thin sheets or strips and coated with a sensitive emulsion for taking photographs.
a strip or roll of this.
the coating of emulsion on such a sheet or strip or on a photographic plate.
a strip of transparent material, usually cellulose triacetate, covered with a photographic emulsion and perforated along one or both edges, intended for the recording and reproduction of images.
a similar perforated strip covered with an iron oxide emulsion (magfilm) intended for the recording and reproduction of both images and sound.
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.
verb (used with object)
to cover with a film, thin skin, or pellicle: filmed eyes.
to photograph with a motion-picture camera.
to reproduce in the form of motion pictures: to film a novel.
verb (used without object)
to become covered by a film: The water filmed over with ice.
to be reproduced in a motion picture, especially in a specified manner: This story films easily.
to direct, make, or otherwise engage in the production of motion pictures.

before 1000; 1890–95 for def 6; 1900–05 for def 7; Middle English filme, Old English filmen membrane; akin to fell4

filmlike, adjective
refilm, verb (used with object)
unfilmed, adjective
well-filmed, adjective

11. mist, haze, cloud, veil. Unabridged
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film (fɪlm)
1.  a.  a sequence of images of moving objects photographed by a camera and providing the optical illusion of continuous movement when projected onto a screen
 b.  a form of entertainment, information, etc, composed of such a sequence of images and shown in a cinema, etc
 c.  (as modifier): film techniques
2.  a thin flexible strip of cellulose coated with a photographic emulsion, used to make negatives and transparencies
3.  a thin coating or layer
4.  a thin sheet of any material, as of plastic for packaging
5.  a fine haze, mist, or blur
6.  a gauzy web of filaments or fine threads
7.  pathol an abnormally opaque tissue, such as the cornea in some eye diseases
8.  a.  to photograph with a cine camera
 b.  to make a film of (a screenplay, event, etc)
9.  (often foll by over) to cover or become covered or coated with a film
[Old English filmen membrane; related to Old Frisian filmene, Greek pelma sole of the foot; see fell4]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. filmen "membrane, skin," from W.Gmc. *filminjan (cf. O.Fris. filmene "skin," O.E. fell "hide"), extended from P.Gmc. *fello(m) "animal hide," from PIE *pello-/*pelno- (cf. Gk. pella, L. pellis "skin"). 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. First used of "motion pictures" in 1905. The verb "to make a movie of" is from 1899.
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Medical Dictionary

film (fĭlm)

  1. A light-sensitive or x-ray-sensitive substance used in taking photographs or radiographs.

  2. A thin layer or membranous coating.

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Slang Dictionary


at 11 [MIT: in parody of TV newscasters]
1. Used in conversation to announce ordinary events, with a sarcastic implication that these events are earth-shattering. "ITS crashes; film at 11." "Bug found in scheduler; film at 11."
2. Also widely used outside MIT to indicate that additional information will be available at some future time, _without_ the implication of anything particularly ordinary about the referenced event. For example, "The mail file server died this morning; we found garbage all over the root directory. Film at 11." would indicate that a major failure had occurred but that the people working on it have no additional information about it as yet; use of the phrase in this way suggests gently that the problem is liable to be fixed more quickly if the people doing the fixing can spend time doing the fixing rather than responding to questions, the answers to which will appear on the normal "11:00 news", if people will just be patient.

The variant "MPEGs at 11" has recently been cited (MPEG is a digital-video format.)
Example sentences
Drop water on a surface treated with the coating, and it rapidly spreads out, creating a thin film.
Note: the first fifteen seconds or so of the film are intentionally dark.
Many homeowners and renters can benefit from lower heating and cooling bills by
  installing solar window film.
But there is some kind of magic about this whale and the film that you don't
  want to miss.
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