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celluloid Explained

celluloid at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


celluloid at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1871, trademark name (reg. U.S.), coined by U.S. inventor John Wesley Hyatt (1837-1900) from L. cellula dim. of cella (see cell) + -oid, from Gk. -o-eides "a form, shape" (comb. form). Abbreviated form cell "sheet of celluloid" is from 1933. ///

celluloid at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] [Date: 1800-1900; Origin: Celluloid, a trademark]//
1 on celluloid: on cinema film// --Chaplin's comic genius is preserved on celluloid.//
2 a plastic substance made mainly from cellulose that was used in the past to make photographic film and other objects:

celluloid at Swedish => english Of Explained:


celluloid at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Name for the first synthetic plastic material, developed in 1869. Made of a colloid of cellulose nitrate (nitrocellulose) plasticized with camphor, it is tough, cheap to produce, and resistant to water, oils, and dilute acids. It found a great variety of uses in combs, films, toys, and many other mass-produced consumer goods. Though it has been replaced in many uses by nonflammable synthetic polymers (originally cellulose acetate and Bakelite, then a host of others), it is still manufactured and used.

celluloid at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun [U]
1 a thin transparent plastic material made in sheets, used in the past for photographic film
2 (old-fashioned) used as a way of referring to films/movies

Celluloid at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Celluloid \Cel"lu*loid`\ (s[e^]l"[-u]*loid), n. [Cellulose +
A substance composed essentially of gun cotton and camphor,
and when pure resembling ivory in texture and color, but
variously colored to imitate coral, tortoise shell, amber,
malachite, etc. It is used in the manufacture of jewelry and
many small articles, as combs, brushes, collars, and cuffs;
-- originally called {xylonite}.

celluloid at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj : artificial as if portrayed in a film; "a novel with flat
celluloid characters" [syn: {synthetic}]
n 1: 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
2: a medium that disseminates moving pictures; "theater pieces
transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good
cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events" [syn: {film},

celluloid at English (WD) Of Explained:



Former trademark of Celluloid Manufacturing Company


* AHD: sěl' yo͞o loid
  • Inter: rhymes » oid


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  • Any of a variety of thermoplastics created from nitrocellulose and camphor, once used as photographic film.
    1. 1894 June, Antonia Dickson, W. K. L. Dickson, Category: s:Century Magazine/Volume 48/Issue 2/Edisons Invention of the Kineto-Phonograph - : Account of the Invention|Edison's Invention of the Kineto-Phonograph: Account of the Invention, article in Category: w - :Century Magazine|Century Magazine'', Volume 48, Issue 2,
    2. : Then followed some experiments with drums, over which sheets of sensitized celluloid film were drawn, the edges being pressed into a narrow slot in the surface, similar in construction to the old tin-foil phonograph.
    3. 1910, Category: w - :Stephen Leacock|Stephen Leacock, Category: s - :The Conjurers Revenge|The Conjurer's Revenge, in Category: s - :Literary Lapses|Literary Lapses'',
    4. : "And will you now, sir, take off your celluloid collar and permit me to burn it in the candle? Thank you, sir. And will you allow me to smash your spectacles for you with my hammer? Thank you."
    5. Inter: figuratively » often used attributively The genre of cinema; film.
    6. 2001 August 14, Riki Wilchins, Gender on celluloid, in Category: w - :The Advocate|The Advocate, page 26.
    7. 2004, Preston Whaley, Blows Like a Horn, page 20,
    8. : In particular, they set Kerouac and Ginsberg to the specifications of an emergent superficial form—celluloid antiheroes—attractive to those in want of adventure and who would soon be reading On the Road (1957).

      See also

      * Galalith

  • photographic film
  • xylonite

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    celluloïd at English (WD) Of Explained:



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