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

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After that, a user can configure their device settings to turn their webcam off automatically when joining a meeting. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Zoom Video says ‘no indication’ its users have been hit by Mac webcam security flaw," 9 July 2019 The setting also seems to be devoid of security cameras and webcams. N.b., The Economist, "“Toy Story 4” is another enjoyable, nostalgic adventure," 21 June 2019 The coastal town of Newport, Oregon, has a foundation dedicated to maintaining the docks favored by sea lions, with a viewing platform and a webcam. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 Among those ploys, the film relies on Facetime and webcam chats to provide exposition and include other characters. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Blowing Up Right Now': Film Review," 16 June 2019 The public can keep an eye on Autumn’s pregnancy progress via the zoo’s webcam. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 The organization also streams webcam footage of some peregrine falcons — named Boh and Barb — perching on the 33rd floor of the Transamerica skyscraper downtown. Lillian Reed,, "Baltimore's fledgling Peregrine falcons begin taking short solo flights; blue jay picks a fight," 3 June 2019 Unlike the Echo, Google’s device doesn’t appear to have a built-in webcam for video chatting, which could be a disappointment for some potential buyers (but a benefit to others). Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "9 things to expect from the Google Pixel 3 event next week," 5 Oct. 2018 But by mid-April this year, Fay was sitting on four eggs, and interested viewers had the opportunity tune in to watch the chicks through a webcam video to see the progress. Kyra Senese,, "Four baby falcons that hatched atop an Evanston library are named, banded," 19 June 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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