views updated May 23 2018

zoom / zoōm/ • v. [intr.] 1. (esp. of a car or aircraft) move or travel very quickly: he jumped into his car and zoomed off. ∎  [intr.] (of prices) rise sharply: the share index zoomed by about 136 points. 2. (of a camera) change smoothly from a long shot to a close-up or vice versa: the camera zoomed in for a close-up of his face. ∎  [tr.] cause (a lens or camera) to do this.• n. a camera shot that changes smoothly from a long shot to a close-up or vice versa: [as adj.] the zoom button. ∎ short for zoom lens.• interj. used to express sudden fast movement: zoom!, he's off.


views updated May 11 2018

Zoom ★ 2006 (PG)

Superhero Captain Zoom (Allen) has retired and gotten soft. But he's called back into action when he's needed to turn a group of misfit kids into the next generation of superheroes so that the world can be saved once again. Based on the graphic novel by Jason Lethcote. Definitely the weak link in the “kids dealing with superpowers” genre. 88m/C DVD . US Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Spencer Breslin, Chevy Chase, Kate Mara, Rip Torn, Kevin Zegers, Ryan Newman, Michael Cassidy, Thomas F. Wilson, Willie Garson; D: Peter Hewitt; W: Adam Rifkin, David Berenbaum; C: David Tattersall; M: Christophe Beck.


views updated May 18 2018

zoom make a continuous low-pitched hum XIX; (of aircraft) rise abruptly from level flight XX. of imit. orig.