Camera meaning

kămər-ə, kămrə
The definition of a camera is an electronic device that captures pictures, movies or other visual images either digitally or on film.

An example of a camera is a small electronic device with a lens that you use to take pictures.

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A judge's private chamber.
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A usually portable device containing a photosensitive surface that records images through a lens.
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A chamber.
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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.
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(1) A rear- or front-facing component in a smartphone or tablet that captures digital still and moving images. See rear-facing camera, video calling and Webcam.
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A device for taking still or moving pictures or photographs.
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A camera obscura.
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(video games) The viewpoint in a three-dimensional game or simulation.
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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
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on (or off) camera
  • so positioned as to be within (or out of) the camera's field of view
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

off camera
on (<i>or</i> off) camera

Origin of camera

  • Late Latin room chamber

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

  • 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