noun Etymology: from Celluloid, a trademark Date: 1870 1. a tough flammable thermoplastic composed essentially of cellulose nitrate and camphor 2. a motion-picture film <
a work…making its third appearance on celluloid — John McCarten
celluloid adjective

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  • celluloïd — [ selylɔid ] n. m. • 1877; mot angl. amér., 1869; de cellulose et suff. oïd ♦ Produit de synthèse flexible, inflammable, à base de cellulose nitrique plastifiée par le camphre, utilisé autrefois dans la fabrication des films photographiques. Col …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Celluloid — is the name of a class of compounds created from nitrocellulose and camphor, plus dyes and other agents. Generally regarded to be the first thermoplastic, it was first created as Parkesine in 1856 and as Xylonite in 1869 before being registered… …   Wikipedia

  • Celluloïd — Balles de tennis de table Général No CAS …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Celluloid — Celluloïd Le celluloïd est le nom donné à une matière composée essentiellement de nitrate de cellulose et de camphre. Elle est considérée comme la toute première matière plastique artificielle dont l origine remonte à 1856. Sa composition a été… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • celluloid — transparent plastic made from nitro celluloses and camphor, 1871, trademark name (reg. U.S.), a hybrid coined by U.S. inventor John Wesley Hyatt (1837 1900) from CELLULOSE (Cf. cellulose) + Greek based suffix OID (Cf. oid). Used figuratively for… …   Etymology dictionary

  • celluloid — ☆ celluloid [sel′yo͞o loid΄ ] n. [ CELLUL(OSE) + OID] 1. a tough, flammable thermoplastic made from pyroxylin and camphor, used, esp. formerly, for toilet articles, novelties, etc. 2. films: from use of celluloid, esp. formerly, for photographic… …   English World dictionary

  • Celluloid — Cel lu*loid (s[e^]l [ u]*loid), n. [Cellulose + oid.] 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • celluloid — ► NOUN 1) a transparent flammable plastic made from camphor and nitrocellulose, formerly used for cinematographic film. 2) the cinema as a genre …   English terms dictionary

  • Celluloid — Cel|lu|loid 〈n. 11; unz.; fachsprachl.〉 = Zelluloid * * * Cel|lu|loid [seltener auch …lo i:t; ↑ Cellulose u. ↑ oid], das; s; GS: Zelluloid; Syn.: Zellh …   Universal-Lexikon

  • celluloid — cel|lu|loid [ˈseljulɔıd] 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… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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