to move quickly or suddenly with a loud humming or buzzing sound:
cars zooming by on the freeway.
to fly an airplane suddenly and sharply upward at great speed for a short distance, as in regaining altitude, clearing an obstacle, or signaling.
Movies, Television. to bring a subject, scene, etc., into closeup or cause it to recede into a long shot using a and while maintaining focus.
Informal. to increase or rise suddenly and sharply:
Rents would zoom without rent control laws.
to cause (an airplane) to zoom.
to fly over (an obstacle) by zooming.
the act or process of zooming.
a zooming sound.
Also called zoom shot. Movies, Television. a shot in which a subject, scene, or action is brought closer or made to recede by the use of a .
zoom in (on),
to bring (a subject, scene, etc.) into closeup by using a zoom lens:
to zoom in for a look at the injured man; to zoom in on a candidate at a political convention.
to examine more closely or in greater detail; focus on:
The panel zoomed in on the subject of abortion.
to make or cause to make a continuous buzzing or humming sound
to move or cause to move with such a sound
(intransitive) to move very rapidly; rush: we zoomed through town
to cause (an aircraft) to climb briefly at an unusually steep angle, or (of an aircraft) to climb in this way
(intransitive) (of prices) to rise rapidly
the sound or act of zooming
See zoom lens
1886, of echoic origin. Gained popularity c.1917 as aviators began to use it; zoom lens is 1936.
Obtain a close up view of the subject with a camera, as in The TV people zoomed in on the Olympic gold medalist. [ Mid-1900s ]
Focus on, examine closely, as in The moderator got the panelists to zoom in on the health-care issue. [ Second half of 1900s ]
- Zoom lens
(in a camera or motion-picture projector) a lens assembly whose focal length can be continuously adjusted to provide various degrees of magnification without any loss of focus, thus combining the features of wide-angle, normal, and telephoto lenses. Contemporary Examples I had a Nikon DCS-620, which was one of their early models—a hybrid Kodak-Nikon camera—and I […]
of or relating to a deity or other being conceived of as having the form of an animal. characterized by a highly stylized or conventionalized representation of animal forms. representing or using animal forms. Historical Examples They cook by means of heated stones and have zoomorphic masks. Man, Past and Present Agustus Henry Keane In […]
representation, as in ornament. conception, as of a deity. noun the conception or representation of deities in the form of animals the use of animal forms or symbols in art, literature, etc
- Zoom out
verb (intransitive, adverb) (photog, films, television) to decrease rapidly the magnification of the image of a distant object by means of a zoom lens to consider the essential points, rather than the details of a subject