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Definition of film noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    moving pictures
  1. 1[countable] a movie, especially a more serious or artistic one a documentary/feature film a silent film (= one recorded without sound) an international film festival a film crew/critic the film version of the novel
  2. 2[uncountable] the art or business of making movies to study film and photography the film industry
  3. 3[uncountable] moving pictures of real events, shown for example on television synonym footage television news film of the riots The accident was captured/caught on film.
  4. in cameras
  5. 4[uncountable] thin plastic that is sensitive to light, used for taking photographs and making movies; a roll of this plastic, used in cameras a roll of film 35 mm film to have film developed
  6. thin layer
  7. 5[countable, usually singular] film (of something) a thin layer of something, usually on the surface of something else synonym coat, coating, layer Everything was covered in a film of dust.
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