video

1 of 2

noun

vid·​eo ˈvi-dē-ˌō How to pronounce video (audio)
plural videos
1
: a recording of an image or of moving images
They often post videos of the kids online.
: such as
a
: a recorded show or presentation
a training/workout/promotional video
You won't just have access to generic movies, TV shows, and other videos. You'll see content from major brands …Sarah Chaney
b
: a recorded performance of a song often featuring an interpretation of the lyrics through visual images
The opening images of the music video … create a scary, dystopian feeling …Nicole McKenna
2
: television
also : the visual portion of television
3
: videotape
She goes over to the television and pops a video into the VCR.Cathy Horyn

video

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adjective

1
: being, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of the television image
a video channel
compare audio
2
: being, relating to, or involving images on a television screen or computer display
a video terminal

Examples of video in a Sentence

Noun We're going to rent a couple of videos to watch this weekend. She was talking about a popular video she saw on the Internet. The video of their wedding was made by a professional company. The movie is available on video and DVD. a TV channel that plays videos all day Her latest music video was first released on the Internet. Adjective The video portion of the broadcast was fine but the sound was poor. The large video file took a while to upload on my computer. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In addition to his job at Whataburger, the teenager makes money off TikTok by filming and posting videos of all things football. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 20 Feb. 2024 Now, TikTokers have taken the once-popular words in the slime-making world and are making videos asking how to do the impossible. Paloma Chavez, Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 With her voice cracking at times in a video posted on social media, Navalnaya accused Putin of killing her husband in the remote prison and alleged that officials’ refusal to hand over the body to her mother-in-law was part of a cover-up. Joe Rubin, Sacramento Bee, 20 Feb. 2024 The video is sent to a cutting-edge command-and-control computer that knows which attacking plane—100 are airborne at the peak of the battle—is where and armed with what. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Find out more about our interactive video solutions. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 20 Feb. 2024 Looking at YouTube analytics, our videos also get a lot of views from overseas viewers. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 8 Feb. 2024 The entrepreneur and reality star shared a new TikTok video on Thursday of the one-year-old playing with a Baby Yoda toy. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 The injured dog and some of the puppies were taken by the man, and the injured dog was treated at the vet, according to Scott-Mckinney’s video on TikTok. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024
Adjective
The video quality of the backup camera left something to be desired, however, with a noticeably bad frame rate. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 12 May 2023 Videos play super crisp as well, and the frame includes a speaker for video sound. Maddie Michalik, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2024 The Istanbul Police Department has seized a fleet of luxury cars from a criminal and repurposed them for the field, according to a video Turkish interior minister Ali Yerlikaya posted to X on December 26. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 Dec. 2023 The Pix-Star’s photo quality is crisp and clear, as is its video playback quality. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 15 Dec. 2023 After the show, fans caught on video Swift, still dressed in the sparkly costume from her final song, running into Kelce’s arms and sharing a kiss. Becca Wood, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 There might be video or sound issues, or the show itself might be incomplete. WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 Often, digital nomads will have to take video calls in dim lighting or dark rooms, which makes for a grainy and unprofessional-looking picture. Nancy Einhart, Travel + Leisure, 4 Dec. 2023 The video quality of programs under the membership tier is being increased from 720p to 1080p, and members will be able to download films and series by the end of the week. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Latin vidēre to see + -o (as in audio)

First Known Use

Noun

1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of video was in 1934

Dictionary Entries Near video

Cite this Entry

“Video.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/video. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

video

1 of 2 noun
vid·​eo ˈvid-ē-ˌō How to pronounce video (audio)
1
2
a
: a recording of a movie or television program for playing through a television set
b
: a videotaped performance of a song
3
: a recording similar to a videotape but stored in digital form (as an optical disk or a computer's hard drive)

video

2 of 2 adjective
1
: relating to or used in the sending or receiving of television images
a video channel
compare audio entry 1 sense 2b
2
: being, relating to, or involving images on a television screen or computer display
a video terminal

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