from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A colorless flammable material made from nitrocellulose and camphor and used to make photographic film.
- n. Motion-picture film: "a strange, anachronistic sight: theater pieces transferred to celluloid” ( David Ansen).
- n. The cinema; motion pictures: "There are no heroes but in celluloid” ( Charles Langbridge Morgan).
- adj. Made of or using a material made from nitrocellulose and camphor.
- adj. Of or portrayed on film or in motion pictures.
- adj. Artificial; synthetic: a novel with flat, celluloid characters.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a variety of thermoplastics created from nitrocellulose and camphor, once used as photographic film.
- n. The genre of cinema; film.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A substance composed essentially of gun cotton and camphor, and when pure resembling ivory in texture and color, but variously colored to imitate coral, tortoise shell, amber, malachite, etc. It is used in the manufacture of jewelry and many small articles, as combs, brushes, collars, and cuffs; -- originally called xylonite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substance made of guncotton, camphor, and some other ingredients, imitating ivory, or, when colored, tortoise-shell, coral, amber, malachite, etc. Many articles, useful and ornamental, are manufactured from it.
- Having the shape or semblance of cells.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. artificial as if portrayed in a film
- n. highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphor; used in e.g. motion-picture and X-ray film; its use has decreased with the development of nonflammable thermoplastics
- n. a medium that disseminates moving pictures
Originally a trademark.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Former trademark of Celluloid Manufacturing Company (Wiktionary)