celluloid

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See also: celluloïd

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Former trademark of Celluloid Manufacturing Company

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛljəˌlɔɪd/
  • (file)

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celluloid (countable and uncountable, plural celluloids)

  1. Any of a variety of thermoplastics created from nitrocellulose and camphor, once used as photographic film.
  2. (figuratively, often used attributively) The genre of cinema; film.
    • 2001 August 14, Riki Wilchins, Gender on celluloid, in The Advocate, page 26.
    • 2004, Preston Whaley, Blows Like a Horn[1], page 20:
      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).
  3. (obsolete) An item, such as a jacket, made from celluloid.
    • 1929, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, When the World Screamed[2]:
      'What with that bearded Assyrian bull in London, and this Thug down here, who has ruined my clean celluloid, you seem to be keeping queer company, Ted Malone.'

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