Motion picture

Motion picture
Motion picture Mo"tion pic"ture 1. A series of pictures on a strip of film, taken at regular intervals in rapid succession (now usually 24 frames per second for ordinary work) by a special camera, intended to capture the image of objects in motion. [PJC]

2. the display of the images captured on a {motion picture}[1], presented to the eye in very rapid succession by projection from a special apparatus (a {movie projector}), with shows some or all of the objects in the picture represented in changing positions, producing, by persistence of vision, the optical effect of a continuous picture in which the objects appear to move as they did in the original scene.

Syn: movie, moving picture, flick. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

3. The conceptual or informational content of a {motion picture}[1]; the actions or events represented in a {motion picture}[1]; the story line of a movie. ``One of the great punch lines in motion picture history is `Round up the usual suspects.' from `Casablanca'.'' [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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