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Film appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • If I flee from life, film or feel Fifi.
  • One film lacks a motto: got to mask calm life, no?
  • Tim lifted a cat; Elton did not let a cadet film it.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun film:

conversational speech68.31%task-oriented speech31.69%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun film:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb film:


The word film is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun film

What does film mean as a name of something?

Film is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: films

  1. a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
  2. a medium that disseminates moving pictures
  3. photographic material consisting of a base of celluloid covered with a photographic emulsion; used to make negatives or transparencies
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of film: photographic film
    • more generic terms: photographic material / photographic paper = light-sensitive paper on which photograph can be printed
    • more specific terms:
      • footage = film that has been shot
      • microfilm = film on which materials are photographed at greatly reduced size; useful for storage
      • motion-picture film / movie film / cine-film = photographic film several hundred feet long and wound on a spool
      • negative = a piece of photographic film showing an image with light and shade or colors reversed
      • orthochromatic film = a photographic film sensitive to green and blue and violet light
      • panchromatic film = photographic film sensitive to light of all colors
      • positive = a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
      • reel = a roll of photographic film holding a series of frames to be projected by a movie projector
      • roll = photographic film rolled up inside a container to protect it from light
      • roll film = photographic film wound on a spool
      • sequence / episode = film consisting of a succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a movie
      • X-ray film = photographic film used to make X-ray pictures
      • film clip = a strip of motion picture film used in a telecast
  4. a thin coating or layer
    • example: the table was covered with a film of dust
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: object / physical object = a tangible and visible entity
    • more specific terms:
      • scum = a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid
      • slick = a film of oil or garbage floating on top of water
      • soap film = a film left on objects after they have been washed in soap
  5. a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of film: plastic film
    • more generic terms: flat solid / sheet = a flat artifact that is thin relative to its length and width; wrap / wrapper / wrapping = the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped
    • more specific word: shrink-wrap = the clinging transparent plastic film that is used to shrinkwrap something

Alternative definition of the noun film


  1. A thin layer of some substance.
  2. [context: photography] A medium used to capture images in a camera.
  3. A motion picture.

Definition of the verb film

What does film mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: filmed | filming | films

  1. make a film or photograph of something
  2. record in film
    • examples: The coronation was filmed | Did he film his major works over a short period of time? | They will film the duet
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic terms: enter / put down / record = make a record of; create / make = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific words:


  1. Film a.k.a. Mouse is a manga series written by Satoru Akahori and drawn by Hiroshi Itaba. It was serialized in the Japanese magazine Young Animal and published by Hakusensha between 1999 and 2004 .
  2. "Film" is a film written by Samuel Beckett, his only screenplay. It was commissioned by Barney Rosset of Grove Press. Writing began on 5 April 1963 with a first draft completed within four days. A second draft was produced by 22 May and a forty-leaf shooting script followed thereafter. It was filmed in New York in July 1964.
  3. "film" a.k.a. "After the Wizard" is an independent film written and directed by Hugh Gross, based on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The film premiered in 2011 in Kingman, Kansas. The DVD, distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures, was released on August 7, 2012.
  4. "Film" a.k.a. "Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story" is a film, directed by Yousry Nasrallah and written by Wahid Hamed.
  5. "Film" a.k.a. "The Day We Met": This riveting Israeli drama follows Arik Schwartzman, an erstwhile military investigator summoned back to base to capture an elusive serial rapist. To zero in on a suspect, he enlists the aid of beautiful fellow soldier Natalie, and they masquerade as a couple to bait the perpetrator. But as the investigation escalates, they find themselves entwined in a complex relationship from which there is no turning back.
  6. "Film" a.k.a. "Akher Kalam" is a film.


  1. "Film" is a book by Maria Pramaggiore.
    • also known as "Film: a critical introduction"
  2. "Film" is a book by Robert Sklar.
    • also known as "Film: An International History of the Medium (Trade Version)"
    • subjects: Performing arts, History, Cinema, Film, Video, Social history, Art


Film a.k.a. Riddu Riđđu is an annual Sami music and culture festival held in Olmmáivággi in the Gáivuotna municipality in Norway. The goal of the festival is to bring forward both Sami culture and that of other indigenous peoples. Translated to English, the name of the festival is "small storm at the coast". The festival has permanent support from the Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs, the Sami parliament, Troms county and Kåfjord municipality.


Who is Film?

Film a.k.a. Rattapoom Toekongsap: รัฐภูมิ โตคงทรัพย์ เกิดเมื่อวันที่ 17 พฤศจิกายน พ.ศ.


  1. Film was a Croatian rock group founded in 1978 in Zagreb. Film was one of the most popular rock groups of the former Yugoslav new wave in the late 1970s to early 1980s.
    • genres: New Wave, Rock music, Punk rock, Ska
    • albums: "Hrana za golubove", "Sunce sja!", "Greatest Hits, Volume 2", "Sve najbolje", "Greatest Hits, Volume 1", "Film u Kulušiću - Live", "Sva čuda svijeta", "Signali u noći", "Novo! Novo! Novo! Još jučer samo na filmu a sada i u vašoj glavi", "Zona sumraka"
  2. Film is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Film's, Film Noir, Half Film, Film Extras, Film school, Life in Film, A Silent Film, Girls on Film, The Autumn Film, The Silent Film, Dream City Film Club, Nick Flora & Film at Eleven, The Absolute Film Orchestra, Played By The Hollywood Film Festival Orchestra.


  1. Film a.k.a. /Film is a blog that covers movie news, reviews, interviews, and trailers. It was founded by Peter Sciretta in August 2005.
  2. Film is an Iranian Film review magazine published for more than 30 years. The Head-Editor is Massoud Mehrabi.
  3. Film is a monthly Polish magazine devoted to cinema. It has been in publication since 1946, originally as a bimonthly publication. The founders were Jerzy Giżycki, Zbigniew Pitera, Tadeusz Kowalski, and Leon Bukowiecki.

Phrases with Film

Phrases starting with the word Film:

  1. Film Out
  2. Film set
  3. film clip
  4. Film Crew
  5. film fern
  6. film noir
  7. film over
  8. film star
  9. film-make
  10. Film Badge

Phrases ending with the word Film:

  1. On Film
  2. Art film
  3. λ/4 Film
  4. Blue film
  5. cine-film
  6. Pink Film
  7. roll film
  8. soap film
  9. Stag Film
  10. cling film

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Film

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Google previewFilm, Form, and Culture (2015)

Fourth Edition by Professor of Film Studies and Digital Media Robert Kolker, Robert Kolker

Film is an artifice, and it becomes an artifact, made in specific ways, using specific tools, fashioned to produce and create...

Google previewWorld Cinema and the Visual Arts (2013)

by David Gallagher

The film is the first in the Bond franchise to deal directly with the threat to Bond's sexuality brought about by the...

Google previewAgents and Artificial Intelligence (2014)

5th International Conference, ICAART 2013, Barcelona, Spain, February 15-18, 2013. Revised Selected Papers by Joaquim Filipe, Ana Fred

Keywords: Tear film lipid layer · Class binarization techniques · Feature selection · Filters · Multiple-criteria decision-making · Multilayer perceptron 1 Introduction The tear film is a complex layer of liquid covering the anterior surface of the eye.

Google previewThe Blood Poets: Millennial blues : from Apocalypse now to The matrix (1999)

by Jake Horsley

The film is an excruciating, existential study of isolation, ambition, artistic frustration and desire...

The film is a comedy all right — it chooses the world of comedy for its milieu, and 67 juxtaposes the ruthless, dreadful sincerity and gravity of the ...

Google previewThe Rock & Roll Film Encyclopedia (2007)

by John Kenneth Muir

Film Editors: Sean Barton, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Film Noir (2010)

by Andrew Spicer

It is no longer possible to regard film noir as encompassed by black-andwhite American films produced between 1940 and 1959. As discussed later in the introduction, these films are one element, albeit the most important one, in any attempt ...

Google previewThe Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film (2013)

by Ian Aitken

Figure 8 The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter, 1980 (Courtesy of the British Film Institute)...

The film tells the story of women workers in industry during World War II by following the personal accounts of five women, three of whom are black.

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Quotes about Film

Sony could have $50 million and a sound stage and A-list actors and never make the same film. The constraints on this film became the essence of this film, became the power of this film. (Joshua Leonard)
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Scrabble value of F4I1L1M3

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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