• IPA: /fɪlm/
  • (North East England, Ireland) IPA: /ˈfɪləm/


  1. A thin layer of some substance; a pellicle; a membranous covering, causing opacity.
    a clear plastic film for wrapping food
    • 1712, Alexander Pope, Messiah:
      He from thick films shall purge the visual ray.
  2. (photography) A medium used to capture images in a camera.
  3. A movie.
  4. (cinema, uncountable) Cinema; movies as a group.
  5. A slender thread, such as that of a cobweb.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      Her whip of cricket's bone, the lash of film.
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film (films, present participle filming; past and past participle filmed)

  1. (ambitransitive) To record (activity, or a motion picture) on photographic film.
    A Hollywood studio was filming on location in NYC.
    I tried to film the UFO as it passed overhead.
  2. (transitive) To cover or become covered with a thin skin or pellicle.
    • It will but skin and film the ulcerous place.

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