slow motion

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
حَرَكَه بَطيئَه
zpomalený pohyb
sem er sÿndur hægt
spomalený pohyb
ağır çekim

slow motion

n in slow motional rallentatore
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
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.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+'s Super Slow-mo camera captures slow motion video at 960 frames per second, revealing a whole new way to relive and share remarkable moments in the everyday.
The likes of Apple's iPhone 7 and Google's Pixel are only capable of shooting videos at 120fps and with the new advancements, Samsung and Sony will set a new standard for recording true slow motion videos possible on smartphones.
Judy said: "One year during Wimbledon I had a sleeveless top on and the BBC very kindly started doing me in slow motion clapping.
Flipping over the top of the wall, they hang by their hands, doing zigzagging footwork on the vertical surface, jeteing in slow motion, and huddling together in sculptural tableaus.
The camera stares at this wall, turns around, descends the stairs to the basement, and moves through the heating, sanitation, and parking spaces--the labyrinthine entrails common to every building--then stairs again, and narrow, barely lit halls; suddenly there open before the camera empty, completely white spaces shown in slow motion, so that the visitors move as if in a state of suspension.
"But once you looked at the slow motion, you would have concluded that the referee might have got it wrong.
Hawkmoths, the so-called hummingbirds of the insect world, and other bugs that frequently hover in the air must track slow motion well.
Users will now be able to record videos in slow motion by capturing at 120fps and playing it back at 30fps.