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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There’s also webcam protection, which only allows access to your webcam under certain restrictions. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Bitdefender Total Security 2019 review: This AV suite builds a better autopilot," 13 Sep. 2018 Amazon’s throwing another one-day blowout sale on Logitech PC accessories, including keyboards, webcams, speakers, and mice. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Find great PC accessories at all-time low prices in Amazon's one-day Logitech blowout sale," 6 Nov. 2018 Following last week's webcam tutorial with Chic, Betty is now a webcam girl, wearing her Dark Betty wig and serving Riverdale's residents online. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Season 2 Episode 12 Brings Murder Most Foul," 1 Feb. 2018 Both new ThinkPad computers include a dazzling HDR display, a built-in physical webcam cover, and far-field microphones for speaking to Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "10 of the Coolest Gadgets We Saw at CES 2018," 13 Jan. 2018 When flipped on, the laptop’s webcam is electrically switched off. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life," 23 Oct. 2018 Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan reported several cancellations, and webcam footage showed nearly empty beaches in the area. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "After wildfires, Washington’s outdoors industry braces for smoky summers ahead," 3 Sep. 2018 The racy webcam video was also circulated among airline staffers before supervisors caught wind of it, according to The Sun. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "British Airways suspends flight attendant over racy video of her stripping off tights, smelling them," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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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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