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 Our streaming services and music apps landed in entertainment and camera, and our editing apps are in creativity and lifestyle. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Customization and enhanced privacy are our favorite features of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14," 9 July 2020 The filmmaker’s savvy use of camera angles and perspective add a dynamic layer to this already lovely and heartwarming story. oregonlive, "The Oregonian/OregonLive wins 4 Society of Features Journalism awards," 9 July 2020 Body camera video transcripts show Floyd initially said he had been shot before, and begged police not to shoot him. Fox News, "George Floyd case: Transcripts of body-camera videos show Chauvin's response," 9 July 2020 The body camera transcript was made public as part of former officer Lane's request to have his charges dropped. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Derek Chauvin told George Floyd that talking takes 'a lot of oxygen' moments before his death," 9 July 2020 Body camera video transcripts show Floyd initially said he had been shot before, and begged police not to shoot him. Washington Post, "Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes ... a lot of oxygen to talk’," 9 July 2020 The camera crews all left the island, completely leaving us standing on the beach huddled for warmth as the jungle flooded and came streaming onto our beach from overhead, snakes and all. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Jenna Lewis spills All-Stars secrets," 8 July 2020 These specific images were captured by a camera-trap in Nigeria’s Mbe Mountains, home to about one-third of the world’s Cross River gorilla population. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Adorable Photos of Endangered Gorillas — and Their Babies — in Nigeria May Prove the Species Is Bouncing Back," 8 July 2020 The founder of action camera maker GoPro is listing his 150-acre ranch near Santa Cruz, Calif., for $20 million. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "GoPro Founder Wants $20 Million for 150-Acre California Ranch," 8 July 2020

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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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The first known use of camera was in 1566

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12 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Camera.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce camera (audio)

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 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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