camera

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

Definition of camera

1 : the treasury department of the papal curia
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 a photosensitive film or an electronic sensor) 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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The thought of having to go through all of that plus having a million cameras in my face, bullied left right and center, and still be gracious, elegant, gorgeous, and full of purpose in front of the whole world is unimaginable. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Audra McDonald Defends Meghan Markle Against Online Abuse & Press Intrusion," 10 Mar. 2019 Photo: Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal ElliQ consists of a tablet, a pair of cameras and a small robot head on a post, capable of basic gestures like leaning in to indicate interest and leaning back to signal disengagement. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "On-Demand Grandkids and Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay," 23 Feb. 2019 Two entertainment systems used by Singapore Airlines and American Airlines were recently discovered to have outward-facing cameras. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Two Major Airlines Admit to Undisclosed Cameras in Aircraft Entertainment Systems," 22 Feb. 2019 The official Grammys website will also have extra screens available that fans can access to get live backstage coverage and even different camera angles throughout the show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How to Watch the 2019 Grammys Online," 8 Feb. 2019 Ariana was the picture of elegance, pulling her hair back into her signature tight ponytail and wearing a light shimmer on her face that perfectly catches the camera’s flash. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Walked Dog Myron in Pink Lipstick and a Matching Faux Fur Coat," 3 Jan. 2019 In 2013, a resident of Alberta, Canada — several hundred miles south of Fairbanks, but still in a high latitude — took this pinhole camera photograph of the sun’s path throughout the year, and shared it with the astronomy website EarthSky. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The winter solstice is incredibly beautiful in America’s northernmost city," 20 Dec. 2018 There's also this East German camera called the Werra. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Museum of Modern Art's Upcoming 'Value of Good Design' Exhibit is Not One to Miss," 7 Feb. 2019 Here's what goes down before the cameras start rolling... 1. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "13 Things You Never Knew About Getting Dressed on "The Bachelor"," 16 Jan. 2019

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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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camera

noun

English Language Learners Definition of camera

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

camera

noun
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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