Camera Definition

kămər-ə, kămrə
camerae, cameras
camerae, cameras
A chamber.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Any of various devices for recording or transmitting images or sequences of images, consisting essentially of a closed case with a lens that focuses incoming light on a sensitive material, as film, or on an electronic receptor.
Webster's New World
A judge's private chamber.
American Heritage

(video games) The viewpoint in a three-dimensional game or simulation.

in camera
  • Outside of the public view:

    The committee met in camera to discuss the report.

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off camera
  • Outside the field of view of a movie camera.
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on camera
  • Within the field of view of a movie camera.
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in camera
  • in a judge's private office rather than in open court
  • in privacy or secrecy
Webster's New World
on (<i>or</i> off) camera
  • so positioned as to be within (or out of) the camera's field of view
Webster's New World

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Origin of Camera

  • From New Latin camera obscura (“dark chamber”), because the first cameras used a pinhole and a dark room; from Latin camera (“chamber or bedchamber”), from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamara, “anything with an arched cover, a covered carriage or boat, a vaulted chamber, a vault”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Late Latin room chamber

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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