Definition of camera
1 : the treasury department of the papal curia
2a : camera obscurab : 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)
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
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
Recent Examples of camera from the Web
The gray pups were also photographed playing in front of the camera.
Binoculars and approved cameras are permitted without a case.
At a joint news conference later on Tuesday, Mr. Varadkar brazenly flashed his footwear at the cameras before presenting his guest with a customized Irish rugby shirt and a pair of green Celtic socks.
When the shooting took place, police were close enough that squad car video cameras captured muzzle flashes and two people running from the area, prosecutors said.
A shocking CCTV camera shows a man in England getting hit directly by a bus and then getting up to walk away.
Did things get a little more lighthearted for you all once the cameras were off?
By the time the Chargers and Leaf set out for Indianapolis in Week 5 of the 1998 season, Leaf had already cursed out a camera man, launched into a blue tirade against a reporter, and been booed by the crowd at Qualcomm Stadium.
In recent months, Kalanick was caught on camera berating his Uber driver.
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CAMERA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of camera for English Language Learners
: a device that is used for taking photographs or for making movies, television programs, etc.
CAMERA Defined for Kids
Definition of camera for Students
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
History for camera
The word camera is short for camera obscura, which in Latin means “dark room.” A camera obscura is a darkened enclosure—which can be as small as a box or as large as a room—into which light is admitted through a very small hole. Because of the way in which light beams cross rather than scatter, an upside-down image of whatever is outside the enclosure is projected on the surface opposite the hole. The image can be made brighter by passing the light through a lens. The first photographic camera was simply a camera obscura with the image projected on light-sensitive chemicals.
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