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motion picture

a sequence of consecutive pictures of objects photographed in motion by a specially designed camera (motion-picture camera) and thrown on a screen by a projector (motion-picture projector) in such rapid succession as to give the illusion of natural movement.
a play, event, or the like, presented in this form.
motion pictures, the art, technique, or business of producing motion pictures.
Also called movie, moving picture.
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motion-picture, adjective Unabridged
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  • Divide the story into scenes for a motion-picture production.

    Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin
  • There is an auto with a motion-picture camera on top of it photographing our car.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • All sorts and conditions of men armed with pads, pencils, motion-picture cameras, still cameras.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • “You boys should have taken the motion-picture cameras with you,” Mr. Lewis said.

    Captured by the Arabs James H. Foster
  • It was Jill's girlish ambition, it seemed from Major Selby's statement, to become a force in the motion-picture world.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • But what if I don't want to be a motion-picture actress, Mr. Culp?

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • When Cinderella sat in the ashes she should have consoled herself with the thought of the motion-picture rights.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • For description of party see any motion-picture film on Vice.

    Believe You Me! Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • He had brought a motion-picture camera and now removed it to roll off a fair amount of film.

    The Forest of Mystery James H. Foster
British Dictionary definitions for motion-picture

motion picture

(US & Canadian)
  1. a sequence of images of moving objects photographed by a camera and providing the optical illusion of continuous movement when projected onto a screen
  2. a form of entertainment, information, etc, composed of such a sequence of images and shown in a cinema, etc
Also called film
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