from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A filmmaking technique in which the action on screen is slower than normal, achieved by filming at a speed faster than the standard rate and then projecting the film at the standard speed.

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  • n. A technique of film, photography, and video to stretch time and allow visibility of things normally happening too fast to be conveniently examined.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate


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  • The sickening sound of a bullet penetrating flesh, Dettmer’s groan, and his gun hitting the floor, then skittering across it, all played out in slow motion before her eyes.

    Good Girl Gone Bad

  • Then, late one evening, as Wiggs whispered coarse curses at the Capital of Adjectives-the moon-there was an explosion across Middlesex County at MIT, at one of the very laboratories that Wiggs was monitoring; and about three months later, as if in slow motion or delayed reaction, that blast blew into Concord Prison a new inmate named Al Barr, who would soon have incandescent beet leaves curling out of the eye of Dannyboy's periscope.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • He had to place the "initiator" in its nest in the center of the core, and the insertion had to be done in slow motion while the building radiation was monitored.

    Stallion Gate

  • Precession: Owing to the slow motion of the earth's pole around the pole of the ecliptic, the equator cuts the ecliptic a little earlier every year, so that the equinox each year slightly precedes, with reference to the stars, that of the previous year.


  • At the same time, far above them on Watt’s Hill, Colonel Cartarette, finding nobody but seven cats at home at Jacob’s Cottage, walked round the house and looking down into the little valley at once spotted both Lady Lacklander and Mr. Phinn, like figures in Nurse Kettle’s imaginary map, the one squatting on her camp stool, the other in slow motion near Bottom Bridge.

    Scales of Justice

  • As I carefully navigated the steps, I saw the Bortch family appear in slow motion from the bottom up, as if a curtain were being raised on them.

    Miss Misery

  • From this situation, to the extreme provocation of Bellamy, she was relieved by the appearance of Major Cerwood, who having observed, from the paddock, the slow motion of the carriage, had come forth to find out the cause.

    Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth

  • Talking each other into consensus through a “sounding out”-process, peaceful coexistence, and revolution in slow motion were institutionalized as the appropriate way of approaching pressing social problems Olsen, 1972; Olsen, Roness, and Sætren, 1982; Øvrelid, 1984.

    Rediscovering Institutions

  • I think of this moment in slow motion — Eli leaving the foxhole while I yelled out, "No-o-o-o!" — but such was Eli's lack of speed and coordination that I may be remembering in real time, the ball sailing up sweetly against the gymnasium lights, Eli clattering out slowly toward it, knees knocking, arms outstretched, black glasses looking straight up.

    Land of the Blind

  • I blinked — a slow motion blink as the mask readjusted itself over my eyes — and caught sight of Siri twenty meters lower, grasping a keelroot and trailing effortlessly above the colder, deeper currents where the light did not reach.

    Prayers To Broken Stones


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