cam·​era | \ ˈkam-rə How to pronounce camera (audio) , ˈka-mə-rə \

Definition of camera

1a : 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 a photosensitive film or an electronic sensor) or for translation into electrical impulses (as for television broadcast)
2 : the treasury department of the papal curia
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

Examples of camera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father, Thomas, was an executive at the Polaroid camera and technology company. Cade Metz,, 3 Aug. 2022 Most notably, an all-new front-facing camera module from LG Innotek, which leaks claim is triple the price of its predecessor. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 At first, the cinematographer tested the camera lens without the actors. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 2 Aug. 2022 The most notable difference is the aluminum finish of the camera bar. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 The Pixel 6 Pro comes with an 11.1MP front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture. PCMAG, 2 Aug. 2022 Meg Marino, director of New Orleans EMS, turned on her Zoom camera mid-interview to show how her uniform and badge look like a police uniform. Akila Muthukumar, STAT, 2 Aug. 2022 The Euphoria set necessitated some complicated camera maneuvers to achieve the hyper-stylized look of the show. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Aug. 2022 Brandon is no stranger to mid-competition adversity (and notorious for flicking the bird at the camera and crowd). Gabrielle Kassel, Men's Health, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of camera

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for camera

Late Latin, room — more at chamber

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6 Aug 2022

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“Camera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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cam·​era | \ ˈkam-rə How to pronounce camera (audio) \

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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