noun, often capitalized
web·​cam | \ ˈweb-ˌkam How to pronounce webcam (audio) \

Definition of webcam

: a camera used in transmitting live images over the World Wide Web

Examples of webcam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As previously described, this webcam offers a view of Lake Huron and a park on the island. Sam Fogel, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2021 First, since the onset of the pandemic, we've been inundated with the Brady Bunch video screen of Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet and other webcam sharing platforms. Dan Pontefract, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Now a market researcher can transmit images, sounds, or videos to the volunteer and use his webcam to capture the volunteer’s reactions., 31 May 2021 More empathy for co-workers having seen into their lives via the webcam. Joy Burnford, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Pressing one or both of the buttons is the software equivalent of putting a sticker over your webcam. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 18 May 2021 The company, which is based in Kirkland, Wash., predicted problems stocking the third version of its flagship webcam. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2021 Rarely has an aesthetic been so fully formed on a first single — or rather a first music video, edited by Del Rey and posted to YouTube: five minutes of grainy Super 8 Americana with cheesecake shots of the artist lip-syncing into her webcam. Nate Jones, Vulture, 25 Mar. 2021 Make sure that your webcam is properly positioned to capture your work space, including your face, hands, and the desk. Lauren Markham, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of webcam

1994, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2021

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“Webcam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of webcam

: a small video camera that is used to show live images on a Web site


web·​cam | \ ˈweb-ˌkam \

Kids Definition of webcam

: a small video camera that is used to show live images on a Web site

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