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slow motion

noun
1.
the process or technique of filming or taping a motion-picture or television sequence at an accelerated rate of speed and then projecting or replaying it at normal speed so that the action appears to be slowed down.
2.
the effect thus created.
Origin of slow motion
1920-1925
1920-25

slow-motion

[sloh-moh-shuh n] /ˈsloʊˈmoʊ ʃən/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to or made in slow motion:
a slow-motion replay.
2.
moving or proceeding at a strikingly slow rate:
slow-motion progress toward a settlement.
Origin
1925-30
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  • At first he tore at them bravely and it looked like he was trying to swim in thin mud—sort of slow motion.

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  • The fight would be televised in 3-D and filmed in slow motion.

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  • Her head swayed from side to side like the slow motion of the pendulum of a great clock.

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  • He could have been moving in slow motion for all the difference it made.

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  • It was horror in slow motion, watching the lean man stagger backward to his death.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for slow motion

slow motion

noun
1.
(films, television) action that is made to appear slower than normal by passing the film through the taking camera at a faster rate than normal or by replaying a video tape recording more slowly
adjective
2.
(films, television) of or relating to such action
3.
moving or functioning at less than usual speed
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