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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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 Apple is also requiring apps to get your permission to use your Mac’s microphone and webcam, which is a really overdue change. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "macOS Mojave review: dark mode and a preview of the Mac’s future," 24 Sep. 2018 The human monitoring the networked munitions might do so remotely, via robotic ground vehicle, unmanned aerial vehicle, or the battlefield equivalent of a webcam. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 For aspiring creators on Twitch and YouTube, this product promises to significantly upgrade live-streaming video quality without requiring you purchase an expensive webcam. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Elgato’s newest Cam Link will let live streamers turn a DSLR or GoPro into a 4K webcam," 27 Nov. 2018 Under ReLive > Overlay users can also activate the webcam settings for streaming and recording. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 2019 One is a market-research service that films consumer panelists through their webcams—like a remote focus group—and analyzes their real-time reactions to ads and other digital content. Benjamin Powers, WSJ, "Once More With Feeling: Teaching Empathy to Machines," 13 Dec. 2018 Two seasonal park workers were fired after being caught on a webcam urinating on the geyser in 2009. Fox News, "Yellowstone tourist ticketed for walking too close, appearing to urinate on Old Faithful," 18 Sep. 2018 Head over to Amazon’s one-day Logitech blowout sale to see all the deals on mice, keyboards, speaker systems, and webcams. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Find great PC accessories at all-time low prices in Amazon's one-day Logitech blowout sale," 6 Nov. 2018

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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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