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slow motion

A film or video technique in which the action is recorded at a faster rate than usual or replayed at a slower rate than usual, thereby slowing the action on the screen.

slow′-mo′tion adj.

slow motion

1. (Film) films television action that is made to appear slower than normal by passing the film through the taking camera at a faster rate than normal or by replaying a video tape recording more slowly
2. (Broadcasting) films television action that is made to appear slower than normal by passing the film through the taking camera at a faster rate than normal or by replaying a video tape recording more slowly
3. (Film) films television of or relating to such action
4. (Broadcasting) films television of or relating to such action
5. moving or functioning at less than usual speed

slow′ mo′tion

the process or technique of filming or taping a motion-picture or television sequence at an accelerated rate of speed and then projecting or replaying it at normal speed so that the action appears to be slowed down.


1. photographed or appearing in slow motion.
2. proceeding at a strikingly slow rate.
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Noun1.slow motion - a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate
motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, film, picture show, flick, picture - a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location"
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(sləu) adjective
1. not fast; not moving quickly; taking a long time. a slow train; The service at that restaurant is very slow; He was very slow to offer help.
2. (of a clock etc) showing a time earlier than the actual time; behind in time. My watch is five minutes slow.
3. not clever; not quick at learning. He's particularly slow at arithmetic.
to make, or become slower. The car slowed to take the corner.
ˈslowly adverb
He slowly opened his eyes; He drove home slowly.
ˈslowness noun
slow motion
movement which is slower than normal or actual movement especially as a special effect in films. Let's watch it, in slow motion.
slow down/up
to make or become slower. The police were warning drivers to slow down; The fog was slowing up the traffic.
References in classic literature ?
I have traveled by canal-boat, ox-wagon, raft, and by the Ephesus and Smyrna railway; but when it comes down to good solid honest slow motion, I bet my money on the glacier.
When one of these is discontent, the danger is not great; for common people are of slow motion, if they be not excited by the greater sort; and the greater sort are of small strength, except the multitude be apt, and ready to move of themselves.
The man with the feathers went up to the stone, stooped, slipped his hands under the face lying upon the ground, stiffened his Herculean muscles, and without a strain, with a slow motion, like that of a machine, he lifted the end of the rock a foot from the ground.
A mellow softness appears to hang over the whole earth; the influence of the season seems to extend itself to the very wagon, whose slow motion across the well-reaped field is perceptible only to the eye, but strikes with no harsh sound upon the ear.
Last year, Sony picked up the 960fps slow motion mode that it had implemented with its 1-inch sensors, and applied it to the 1/2.
The new Clarity range is designed to deliver real-time live output and high frame rate SDI video replays into slow motion servers.
Baby giraffe Evan causes a stampede, Jean tries to capture a snake- killing secretary bird in super slow motion.
The controversial technology may lead to more players seeing red - because fouls always look worse when viewed in slow motion.
Moreover, it is possible to view these clips directly utilizing a preloaded video player, which touts the unique ability to support up to 16 times slow motion playback.
Introducing the newest and most intense entertainment booth perfect for your wedding, mitzvah, sweet sixteen, or other special event; the Slow Motion Booth.
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