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noun film pronunciation in American English /fɪlm/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the plastic material used mainly in the past for taking photographs or recording moving pictures

    a roll of film (=film that is held in a round metal container)

    on film:

    The bomb blast was captured on film.

  2. 2
    [countable] a series of moving pictures with sound that you can watch at the movie theater or at home

    Have you seen the new James Bond film?

    film about:

    We watched a film about prison life.

    make/shoot a film:

    The film was made on location in India.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the job or business of making movies

      I’d love to work in film.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] relating to films or involved in making films

      the film industry

      the beginning of her film career

  3. 3
    [countable] a very thin layer of something that forms on a surface

    There was a film of grease on the water.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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