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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.
Origin of motion picture
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motion-picture, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for moving-picture
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  • moving-picture people out of a job asked her for temporary loans.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • Had she been taking some of her earnings to see a moving-picture?

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • He could not avoid being picturesque, yet there was nothing of the masquerader, the moving-picture cowboy.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • It was dark when they left the moving-picture theatre, and well after five.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
  • Here was Maria Rosa and here the moving-picture show which she attended!

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • Not far away he may have his choice of theatres and moving-picture shows.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Danilo had seen it all a thousand times at the moving-picture shows.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • "Only once, in a moving-picture play of the German maneuvers," he was told.

  • Figure 146 is another panel board for moving-picture work made up by the same company.

  • Well, you know, the moving-picture shows had got such a hold on the public.

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
British Dictionary definitions for moving-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

moving picture

another name for motion picture
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