EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FILM

Over them lay a film, like that which veils the eyes of some dead thing.

Now ensued a spell of calm weather, with a film of haze over the sky.

The film formed after which none of us had ever seen recovery.

In a few minutes every port was covered with a film of the weird stuff.

She looked at him through a film of tears, her face drawn and startled.

There's a film that grows over your eyes, you look at nothing else.

Oil is lighter than water, as you know, because you have seen a film of oil floating on water.

The negative is taken on one film, then this is printed on another film.

Then the film grew so thick we could not see the worm any more.

I dedicate it to the film, to the moving picture, to beauty!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English filmen "membrane, thin skin," from West Germanic *filminjan (cf. Old Frisian filmene "skin," Old English fell "hide"), extended from Proto-Germanic *fello(m) "animal hide," from PIE *pel- (4) "skin, hide" (cf. Greek pella, Latin pellis "skin").

Sense of "a thin coat of something" is 1570s, extended by 1845 to the coating of chemical gel on photographic plates. By 1895 this also meant the coating plus the paper or celluloid. First used of "motion pictures" in 1905.

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nounfine, loose grains made by crushing a solid
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