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slow motion

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.
the effect thus created.
Origin of slow motion


[sloh-moh-shuh n] /ˈsloʊˈmoʊ ʃən/
of, pertaining to or made in slow motion:
a slow-motion replay.
moving or proceeding at a strikingly slow rate:
slow-motion progress toward a settlement.
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for slow motion
  • This, however, is a confrontation being played out in the slowest of slow motion.
  • slow motion enables viewers to see precisely where a play succeeds or fails.
  • In remote viewing their position, an enormous time dilation caused the crew to appear moving in slow motion.
  • Great athletes are often said to experience time on the playing field in a kind of slow motion.
  • We track him from all angles: shot from high above, followed closer from behind, seen coming at the camera in slow motion.
  • He decided that he had been fired, in slow motion, and he resolved to be a soldier.
  • There you watch them in slow motion, backwards and forwards, taking your time to look closely at everything.
  • Mourners follow in a wackily leaping run, filmed in slow motion.
  • He said that because he is accustomed to falling from heights the tumble seemed to happen in slow motion.
  • Build a house there and it would be ripped in half in slow motion.
British Dictionary definitions for slow motion

slow motion

(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
(films, television) of or relating to such action
moving or functioning at less than usual speed
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