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Definition of "time-lapse" [time-lapse]

  • Of, using, or being a technique that photographs a naturally slow process, such as plant growth, on movie film at intervals, so that continuous projection of the frames gives an accelerated view of the process. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "time-lapse" in a sentence
  • "There's also an interactive time-lapse video that has recorded every moment since the saplings were planted."
  • "Shot for the BBC's "Frozen Planet," the clip was recorded using a special time-lapse camera that caught the brinicle's entire formation process."
  • "Hugh Miller and Doug Anderson filmed the stunning time-lapse clip below, which is apparently the first of its kind."