from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thin skin or membrane.
  • n. A thin, opaque, abnormal coating on the cornea of the eye.
  • n. A thin covering or coating: a film of dust on the piano.
  • n. A thin, flexible, transparent sheet, as of plastic, used in wrapping or packaging.
  • n. A thin sheet or strip of flexible material, such as a cellulose derivative or a thermoplastic resin, coated with a photosensitive emulsion and used to make photographic negatives or transparencies.
  • n. A thin sheet or strip of developed photographic negatives or transparencies.
  • n. A movie.
  • n. Movies considered as a group.
  • n. A coating of magnetic alloys on glass used in manufacturing computer storage devices.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with a film.
  • transitive v. To make a movie of or based on: film a rocket launch; film a scene from a ballet.
  • intransitive v. To become coated or obscured with or as if with a film: The window filmed over with moisture.
  • intransitive v. To make or shoot scenes for a movie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thin layer of some substance.
  • n. A medium used to capture images in a camera.
  • n. A motion picture.
  • v. To record a motion picture on photographic film
  • v. To cover with a thin skin or pellicle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thin skin; a pellicle; a membranous covering, causing opacity.
  • n. hence, any thin layer covering a surface.
  • n. A slender thread, as that of a cobweb.
  • n. The layer, usually of gelatin or collodion, containing the sensitive salts of photographic plates.
  • n. a flexible sheet of celluloid or other plastic material to which a light-sensitive layer has been applied, used for recording images by the processes of photography. It is commonly used in rolls mounted within light-proof canisters suitable for simple insertion into cameras designed for such canisters. On such rolls, varying numbers of photographs may be taken before the canister needs to be replaced.
  • n. a motion picture.
  • n. the art of making motion pictures; -- used mostly in the phrase the film.
  • n. a thin transparent sheet of plastic, used for wrapping objects.
  • transitive v. To cover with a thin skin or pellicle.
  • transitive v. to make a motion picture of (any event or literary work); to record with a movie camera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with a film, or thin skin or pellicle.
  • To become covered by a film; become obscured, as if covered by a film.
  • n. A very thin skin or membrane; a pellicle; an attenuated layer, lamina, or sheet of any substance: as, a membranous or watery film over the eye; a film of oil or gelatin; a film of lace, gauze, etc.; a film of air between two plates.
  • n. Specifically In photography: The coating on a plate mechanically and chemically prepared to serve as a medium for taking a picture, either before or after it has been sensitized: as, the collodion film of the wet plate, or the gelatin film of the dry plate.
  • n. A skin or film, usually composed in great part of gelatin, made to serve as a medium for receiving a picture, as that described under
  • n. but so prepared as to be independent of any supporting plate, or to admit of being stripped intact from such a plate.
  • n. A fine thread, as of a cobweb.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thin coating or layer
  • v. record in film
  • v. make a film or photograph of something
  • n. a medium that disseminates moving pictures
  • n. a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
  • n. a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
  • n. photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English filmen; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English filme, from Old English filmen ("film, membrane, thin skin, foreskin"), from Proto-Germanic *filminjan (“thin skin, membrane”) (compare Proto-Germanic *felma- (“skin, hide”)), from Proto-Indo-European *pélno-mo (“membrane”), from Proto-Indo-European *pel(w)-, *plē(w)-, *péln- (“skin, hide”). Cognate with Old Frisian filmene ("thin skin, human skin"), Dutch vel ("sheet, skin"), German Fell ("skin, hide, fur"), Swedish fjäll ("fur blanket, cloth, scale"), Norwegian fille ("rag, cloth"), Lithuanian plėvē 'membrane, scab', Russian plevá 'membrane', Greek pélma 'foot sole'. More at fell. Sense of a thin coat of something is 1577, extended by 1845 to the coating of chemical gel on photographic plates. By 1895 this also meant the coating plus the paper or celluloid.


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