webcam

noun

web·​cam ˈweb-ˌkam How to pronounce webcam (audio)
often capitalized
: a camera used in transmitting live images over the World Wide Web

Examples of webcam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both the front-facing (webcam) and rear-facing cameras have sliding privacy shutters. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 Just last week, their gallery received a new addition when the Drummond Island Tourist Association installed a second webcam at Yacht Haven. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2024 The webcam on the Commercial 14 has a fuzzy 720p resolution, which by all rights should be 1080p at this point. PCMAG, 27 Mar. 2024 The executive director of Friends of Big Bear Valley, which operates the webcam, says she’s always tried to maintain a practical point of view. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 The permanent connections to peripherals like printers or webcams can be connected via the rear ports, keeping everything neat. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Plus a couple of extra parts, a webcam, a Raspberry Pi board, and a tripod really, so only four components. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Feb. 2024 Further Reading Microsoft is adding a new key to PC keyboards for the first time since 1994 Right now, even if your PC has an NPU in it, Windows can't use it for much, aside from webcam background blurring and a handful of other video effects. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2024 No one wants to pack a webcam in their already bulging baggage. Quentyn Kennemer, The Verge, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1994, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of webcam was in 1994

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“Webcam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/webcam. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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webcam

noun
web·​cam ˈweb-ˌkam How to pronounce webcam (audio)
often capitalized
: a camera used in transmitting live images over the World Wide Web

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