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camera1

Syllabification: cam·er·a
Pronunciation: /ˈkam(ə)rə
 
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noun

A device for recording visual images in the form of photographs, film, or video signals: she faced the cameras a photographer’s camera flashed a video camera
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  • The cameras will record digital images used to help police pursue action against criminals.
  • The man holding the video camera turned the camera on and brought the eyepiece up to his eye.
  • Fighting broke out as security men tried to stop angry guests using cameras and video recorders.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Latin (see camera2, camera obscura).

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  • A camera was first a council or legislative chamber in Italy and Spain. The word is borrowed from Latin, where it meant ‘vault or chamber’, and is also the source of chamber (Middle English). In legal contexts the Latin phrase in camera is used to mean ‘in the judge's private chamber’ instead of in open court. The photography sense comes from the camera obscura (literally ‘dark chamber’), a device popular in the 18th century for recording visual images—the first example of the modern sense comes in the 1840s.

Phrases

on (or off) camera

1
While being filmed or televised (or not being filmed or televised): on camera, she was error-prone and nervous
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  • But even when there is no overt sexuality on camera, a film set is a very sexualized place.
  • You will find hardly any improvising on camera anywhere in my films.
  • However, the most hair-raising part of the film took place off camera.

Words that rhyme with camera

stammerer

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camera2

Syllabification: cam·er·a
Pronunciation: /ˈkam(ə)rə
 
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noun

[in names]
A chamber or round building: the Radcliffe Camera
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  • There is one camera in the south west of England that is painted with luminous strips.
  • Read about a walk around the Radcliffe Camera at Oxford University, part of the Bodleian Library.

Origin

late 17th century (denoting a council or legislative chamber in Italy or Spain): from Latin, 'vault, arched chamber', from Greek kamara 'object with an arched cover'.

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  • A camera was first a council or legislative chamber in Italy and Spain. The word is borrowed from Latin, where it meant ‘vault or chamber’, and is also the source of chamber (Middle English). In legal contexts the Latin phrase in camera is used to mean ‘in the judge's private chamber’ instead of in open court. The photography sense comes from the camera obscura (literally ‘dark chamber’), a device popular in the 18th century for recording visual images—the first example of the modern sense comes in the 1840s.

Phrases

in camera

1
chiefly Law In private, in particular taking place in the private chambers of a judge, with the press and public excluded: judges assess the merits of such claims in camera
[late Latin, 'in the chamber']
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  • The Court will normally hear cases in public unless the interests of justice demand in camera proceedings.
  • He knew, of course, about the bomber but all the technical details described at the inquest were held in camera and a veil soon seemed to settle over the tragic event.
  • The Department of Justice not only refused access to the information used by the FBI, it also objected to the judge examining them in camera.

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