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From Middle English filme, from Old English filmen (“film, membrane, thin skin, foreskin”), from Proto-Germanic *filminj? (“thin skin, membrane”) (compare Proto-Germanic *felma- (“skin, hide”)), from Proto-Indo-European *pélno-mo (“membrane”), from *pel- (“to cover, skin”). 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 pl?v? (“membrane, scab”), Russian ?????? (plevá, “membrane”), Ancient Greek ????? (pélma, “sole of the foot”). 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.
film (countable and uncountable, plural films)
- A thin layer of some substance; a pellicle; a membranous covering, causing opacity.
- (photography) A medium used to capture images in a camera.
- A movie.
- (film, uncountable) Cinema; movies as a group.
- A slender thread, such as that of a cobweb.
film (third-person singular simple present films, present participle filming, simple past and past participle filmed)
- (transitive, intransitive) To record (activity, or a motion picture) on photographic film.
- (transitive) To cover or become covered with a thin skin or pellicle.
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