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cel·lu·loid

 (sĕl′yə-loid′)
n.
1. A colorless flammable material made from nitrocellulose and camphor and used to make photographic film.
2.
a. Motion-picture film: "a strange, anachronistic sight: theater pieces transferred to celluloid" (David Ansen).
b. The cinema; motion pictures: "There are no heroes but in celluloid" (Charles Langbridge Morgan).
adj.
1. Made of or using a material made from nitrocellulose and camphor.
2. Of or portrayed on film or in motion pictures.
3. Artificial; synthetic: a novel with flat, celluloid characters.

[Originally a trademark.]
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celluloid

(ˈsɛljʊˌlɔɪd)
n
1. (Elements & Compounds) a flammable thermoplastic material consisting of cellulose nitrate mixed with a plasticizer, usually camphor: used in sheets, rods, and tubes for making a wide range of articles
2. (Film)
a. a cellulose derivative used for coating film
b. one of the transparent sheets on which the constituent drawings of an animated film are prepared
c. a transparent sheet used as an overlay in artwork
d. cinema film
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cel•lu•loid

(ˈsɛl yəˌlɔɪd)

n.
1. a tough, flammable thermoplastic consisting of nitrocellulose and camphor, formerly used as a base for motion-picture film.
2. motion-picture film: captured the drama on celluloid.
[1870–75; formerly trademark; cellul (ose) + -oid]
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Celluloid

One of the first synthetic plastics (1869), celluloid was made from cellulose nitrate and camphor. In the early part of the twentieth century, it was widely used for combs, hairbrush handles, harness decorations, washable col lars, and toys, but because of its flammability has since been replaced by less flammable plastics.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Celluloid - highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphorcelluloid - highly flammable substance made from cellulose nitrate and camphor; used in e.g. motion-picture and X-ray film; its use has decreased with the development of nonflammable thermoplastics
thermoplastic, thermoplastic resin - a material that softens when heated and hardens again when cooled
camphor - a resin obtained from the camphor tree; used in making celluloid and liniment
cellulose nitrate, guncotton, nitrocellulose, nitrocotton - a nitric acid ester; used in lacquers and explosives
2.Celluloid - a medium that disseminates moving picturescelluloid - a medium that disseminates moving pictures; "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events"
cut-in, insert - (film) a still picture that is introduced and that interrupts the action of a film
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
business enterprise, commercial enterprise, business - the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business"
MacGuffin, McGuffin - (film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot; "the McGuffin was a key element of Alfred Hitchcock's films"
medium - a means or instrumentality for storing or communicating information
silver screen - the film industry
Adj.1.celluloid - artificial as if portrayed in a film; "a novel with flat celluloid characters"
artificial, unreal - contrived by art rather than nature; "artificial flowers"; "artificial flavoring"; "an artificial diamond"; "artificial fibers"; "artificial sweeteners"
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Translations

celluloid

[ˈseljʊlɔɪd]
A. Nceluloide m
on celluloid (Cine) → en el celuloide, en el cine
B. ADJ (Cine) → del celuloide, cinematográfico
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Celluloid®

[ˈsɛljʊlɔɪd]
n (= film) → celluloïd® m
modif [hero, star, image] → en celluloïd
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celluloid

nZelluloid nt; celluloid heroesZelluloidhelden pl; on celluloidauf der Leinwand
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celluloid

[ˈsɛljʊlɔɪd] ncelluloide f
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References in classic literature ?
"Down here where I am the broken-bottle vine cometh up as a flower, the celluloid collar blossoms as the rose, and the tin-can tree brings forth after its kind."
"Celluloid teeth, nine dollars a set, as like as not -- the loose-fit kind, that go up and down like a portcullis when you eat, and fall out when you laugh."
Before putting on his celluloid collar, he spat on it and smeared it off with the tail of his shirt.