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video

noun vid·eo \ ˈvi-dē-ˌō \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of video

1 : videotape: such as
a : a recording of a motion picture or television program for playing through a television set
b : a videotaped performance of a song often featuring an interpretation of the lyrics through visual images
2 : a digital recording of an image or set of images (such as a movie or animation)
3 : television; also : the visual portion of television

Examples of video in a Sentence

  1. We're going to rent a couple of videos to watch this weekend.

  2. She was talking about a popular video she saw on the Internet.

  3. The video of their wedding was made by a professional company.

  4. The movie is available on video and DVD.

  5. a TV channel that plays videos all day

  6. Her latest music video was first released on the Internet.

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Origin and Etymology of video

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

video Synonyms

Other Audio Recording Terms


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video

adjective

Definition of video

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

  1. The video portion of the broadcast was fine but the sound was poor.

  2. The large video file took a while to upload on my computer.

Recent Examples of video from the Web

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First Known Use of video

1934

Other Telecommunications Terms



VIDEO Defined for English Language Learners

video

noun

Definition of video for English Language Learners

  • : a movie, television show, event, etc., that has been recorded onto a videocassette, DVD, etc., so that it can be watched on a television or computer screen

  • : a method used for recording a movie, television show, live event, etc.

  • : a recorded performance of a song in which visual images are shown together with the music


video

adjective

Definition of video for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the pictures that are seen in a recording or broadcast

  • : of, relating to, or involving videos that are shown on a television or computer screen


VIDEO Defined for Kids

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video

noun vid·eo \ ˈvi-dē-ˌō \

Definition of video for Students

1 : television 1
2 : the visual part of television
  • Our broken TV showed the video but we couldn't hear the audio.
3 : 1videotape 1
4 : a recorded performance of a song
  • a rock video

Word Root of video

The Latin word vidēre, meaning “to see”, and its form vīsis give us the roots vid and vis. Words from the Latin vidēre have something to do with seeing. Anything visible is able to be seen. Something evident is able to be seen, sensed, or understood. The video part of a television is the part that is seen, as opposed to the part that is heard. Vision is the ability to see. To visit is to go somewhere to see someone.


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video

adjective

Definition of video for Students

1 : relating to or used in the sending or receiving of television images
  • a video channel
2 : being, relating to, or involving images on a television screen or computer display


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