a. A recorded sequence of film or video images displayed on a screen with sufficient rapidity as to create the illusion of motion and continuity.
b. Any work, as of art or entertainment, having this form, usually including a soundtrack: a movie about the cost of war.
c. The presentation of such a work: During the movie, the person in front of me kept talking.
d. A long narrative work of this form: a television channel that shows foreign movies.
2. movies Screenings of movies at a public theater: Would you like to go to the movies tonight?
3. movies The movie industry.
[Shortening and alteration of MOVING PICTURE.]
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