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 The most essential part of a livestreaming kit is a good webcam. Parker Hall, Wired, "Want to Start a Podcast or Livestream? Here's What You Need," 27 June 2020 So, for the upcoming school year, students who study from home would have the option of watching their teacher’s lesson from a classroom webcam. USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City, ‘Thunder’ silenced, empty Vegas buffets: News from around our 50 states," 16 June 2020 If that sounds like too much of a commitment at the moment, build up your resolve by watching live webcam footage of these cuddlesome, sea dogs. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, "How to See Whales, Bears, Eagles and More Incredible Wildlife in Alaska," 14 June 2020 The eyes have it: Don't forget to look the webcam in the eye. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "How to stage a good video meeting? Put on a show," 13 June 2020 Ensure there isn’t any private information the webcam can pick up, including books and other items that appear on shelves. Karen Michail, Dallas News, "Top cybersecurity tips for working remotely," 1 June 2020 The Pope delivered most of his Sunday service from his library, via webcam, according to Vatican News, that was broadcast onto several large screens placed around the square. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Pope Francis Delivers First Public Service From Balcony Since Lockdown," 1 June 2020 Video captured by CBS Minnesota and a webcam shows a tanker truck apparently trying to plow through a large crowd of protesters on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis on Sunday night. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Truck driver arrested after appearing to drive through protesters on Minneapolis interstate," 1 June 2020 Finally, there’s the webcam: just a 1 megapixel user-facing camera, from a company that manufactures smartphones with some excellent camera sensors inside. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Samsung's Galaxy Book S is the first laptop with Intel's hybrid Lakefield chip inside," 29 May 2020

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First Known Use of webcam

1994, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of webcam was in 1994

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8 Jul 2020

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“Webcam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce webcam (audio)

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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