Meaning of FILM in English

I. ˈfilm, ˈfiu̇m, dial or substand ˈfiləm noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English filme, from Old English filmen, fylmen; akin to Old Frisian filmene skin, Greek pelma sole of the foot, Old English fell skin — more at fell


a. : a thin skin : a membranous covering : pellicle

b. : a pathological growth on or in the eye


a. : haze , mist

b. : a thin covering or coating or veil



(1) : an exceedingly thin layer : lamina

a film of soil

a coal film

(2) : a split sheet of mica 0.001 to 0.009 inch thick — usually used in plural


(1) : a thin often flexible transparent sheet (as of cellophane, polyethylene, rubber, or an adhesive) used especially as a wrapping or packaging material

(2) : a thin flexible transparent sheet of cellulose acetate, cellulose nitrate, or other plastic material that is used for taking photographs and that is coated with a light-sensitive emulsion which when exposed and developed contains negative or positive images in black silver or in color

4. : motion picture

a film of the life of our first president

film coverage of a sports event

5. : film color

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. : to cover with or as if with a film


a. : to make a motion picture of

film a scene

b. : to make a motion picture from a scenario based upon

film a novel

intransitive verb

1. : to become covered or obscured with or as if with a film


a. : to be suitable for photographing

she films well

b. : to make a motion picture

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