cam·era | \ˈkam-rə, ˈka-mər-ə\

Definition of camera 

1 : the treasury department of the papal curia

2a : camera obscura

b : a device that consists of a lightproof chamber with an aperture fitted with a lens and a shutter through which the image of an object is projected onto a surface for recording (as on film) or for translation into electrical impulses (as for television broadcast)

off camera

1 : while not being filmed by a television or movie camera he's a different person off camera

2 : outside the scope of a television or movie camera sounds of gunfire taking place off camera

on camera

1 : before a live television camera go on camera also : while being filmed by a television or movie camera looked relaxed on camera

2 : within the scope of a television or movie camera you can hear a dog but he never appears on camera

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My favorite camera remains my Polaroid 600SE, which shoots pack film, a wonderful type of instant film that’s 70 years old. Matthew Kitchen And, WSJ, "3 Dumb Devices We’re Not Ready to Give Up," 13 July 2018 Holland turned on his cellphone camera and took video. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD investigating officer involved in alleged profiling incident at swimming pool," 13 July 2018 Pass off your camera to your friend with the longest fingers. Claire Wolters,, "Linc requires clear bags at tonight's Taylor Swift concert," 13 July 2018 Cortez, to his everlasting credit, kept snapping his camera at the bottom of the dogpile. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Roger Grasas has been traveling around the Middle East with his camera since 2005, documenting the region’s diverse peoples and landscapes. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Where the Holy Land Meets the Modern World," 12 July 2018 Filming mainly from 2012-17, the director invites air and light into her shots through the apartment’s wide-open windows, her camera revealing a leafy, upscale neighborhood whose embassies attract boisterous civic protests. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘The Other Side of Everything,’ a Belgrade Apartment Symbolizes Upheaval," 12 July 2018 Dean Romano turned on his camera and got video of the bear walking through the hotel’s hallways. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Bear roams through Vermont hotel," 12 July 2018 Current Time 0:00 / Duration 3:19 Alarm alerts woman to snake on her front door Advertisement Allison Keller shared video captured by her security camera of a snake at her front door in Spring, Texas on March 27. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "He was trying to go to sleep. Then this monster snake fell out of the ceiling," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of camera

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for camera

Late Latin, room — more at chamber

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The first known use of camera was in 1712

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English Language Learners Definition of camera

: a device that is used for taking photographs or for making movies, television programs, etc.


cam·era | \ˈkam-rə \

Kids Definition of camera

1 : a device that has a lens on one side to let light in and is used for taking pictures

2 : the part of a television sending device in which the image to be sent out is formed

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