vid·​eo | \ ˈvi-dē-ˌō How to pronounce video (audio) \

Definition of video

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : videotape: such as
a : a recording of a motion picture or television program for playing through a television set
b : a videotaped performance of a song often featuring an interpretation of the lyrics through visual images
2 : a digital recording of an image or set of images (such as a movie or animation)
3 : television also : the visual portion of television



Definition of video (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being, relating to, or used in the transmission or reception of the television image a video channel — compare audio
2 : being, relating to, or involving images on a television screen or computer display a video terminal

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Synonyms for video

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of video in a Sentence

Noun We're going to rent a couple of videos to watch this weekend. She was talking about a popular video she saw on the Internet. The video of their wedding was made by a professional company. The movie is available on video and DVD. a TV channel that plays videos all day Her latest music video was first released on the Internet. Adjective The video portion of the broadcast was fine but the sound was poor. The large video file took a while to upload on my computer. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The video shows the car moving two of the shipping containers following the crash. Jessica Rodriguez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2022 Dashcam video shows a Lyft driver refusing to drive passengers who used racist rhetoric while getting in the car. Colby Hentges, CNN, 20 May 2022 CBS Miami reports that surveillance video from the February 27 incident shows flames erupting near one of the pumps as deputies tried to take Beretta into custody at the Wawa station. CBS News, 19 May 2022 Another video shows what police called an incendiary device land on nearby Key Road that doesn’t ignite. Fox News, 19 May 2022 Surveillance video shows her driving by the school shortly before Brophy’s body was discovered. oregonlive, 18 May 2022 The donation was announced during the college’s commencement ceremony, and video of the graduation shows students clapping and cheering. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 18 May 2022 The latest video shows the Orlan-10 in a new role: a pod is fitted underneath each wing carrying two grenades. David Hambling, Forbes, 17 May 2022 The video shows brief clips of Christie's Lucifer lording over her kingdom of Hell, plus showing off her immaculate white robes and black wings. Christian Holub,, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Owners of bookstores and video rental outlets worried that the amendment opened them up to lawsuits from parents. Jennifer C. Berkshire, The New Republic, 9 Dec. 2021 Sant’Anselmo’s nostalgia for video rental stores is not isolated. Rodney Ho, ajc, 22 Nov. 2021 The film, starring Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood, has a 93% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and held the top spot on video rental services like iTunes, Amazon and Google Play for weeks. Matt Schifrin, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 But after bringing both teams back to the center circle, referee Chris Penso paused to consult with the video assistant referee and to watch a replay. Kevin Baxterstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 There have been all manner of virtual and video options for people to experience the world, going back decades. Lee Gimpel, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The area features cells with toilets and sinks, more single-bed cells, and traditionally has offered detainees more programming, in-person and video social visits than the jail’s Central Detention Facility. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Tuesday night there's no video evidence to suggest that a civilian or student tried to disarm the shooter. Jeff Seidel And Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, 2 Dec. 2021 But the play was called back for offside after confirmation from the video assistant referee. Mike Gramajo,, 7 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of video


1935, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for video


Latin vidēre to see + -o (as in audio)

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22 May 2022

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“Video.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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vid·​eo | \ ˈvi-dē-ˌō How to pronounce video (audio) \

Kids Definition of video

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the visual part of television Our broken TV showed the video but we couldn't hear the audio.
4 : a recorded performance of a song
5 : a digital recording of an image or set of images



Kids Definition of video (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : relating to or used in the sending or receiving of television images a video channel
2 : being, relating to, or involving images on a television screen or computer display

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