noun, often capitalized
web·cam | \ˈweb-ˌkam \

Definition of webcam 

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

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The problem, however, is that the webcam then looks directly at your chest. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "I just cheated on my MacBook Pro with a cheaper alternative from Huawei," 21 June 2018 The event was witnessed by a number of observers and was caught on webcam video. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Small asteroid, first spotted hours earlier, disintegrates over Africa," 3 June 2018 The rise of webcam work has opened up a style of performance that can be totally controlled by the model in her bedroom. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "‘Who Gets to Be Sexy?’," 5 May 2018 Temporalis, an interactive webcam experience, can do exactly that. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Use Your Webcam To Make a Gorgeously Glitchy GIF Self-Portrait," 26 Sep. 2016 The Wildcat webcam late Monday afternoon was fogged in, with just a few trees showing in the foreground. Katie Camero,, "Here’s a cool thought: There’s still snow on Mount Washington," 2 July 2018 So Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health came up with a high-tech way to shorten the wait: webcams straight to the OR. Aubrey Nagle,, "Philly fights summer hunger, school district plans massive cleanup | Morning Newsletter," 21 June 2018 To detect the current state of the cube, Katz and Di Carlo acquired a pair of Playstation 3 Eye webcams for $7 each. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Robot smashes Rubik’s Cube record with 0.38-second solve," 7 Mar. 2018 Dog owners can rent a DogSpot via an app that also unlocks the house and allows the pet parent to monitor their dog via webcam. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Cool dogs: Company develops air conditioned public dog houses for dogs on the go," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of webcam

1994, in the meaning defined above

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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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