Meaning of webcam in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɛbkam/

Translate webcam into Spanish


  • A video camera that is connected to a computer or integrated in a device and allows its images to be seen online.

    ‘Podcasting and Internet radio allow anyone to become a DJ, and digital video cameras and webcams are used by a new generation of filmmakers.’
    • ‘Last Sunday the boy hooked up his new webcam to his computer in his room and sent his first images to his homepage.’
    • ‘With a USB cable and software, it doubles as a webcam for video chat.’
    • ‘At the very least unplugging the USB connection of a webcam when it's not in use would be a good idea.’
    • ‘Spanish police have arrested a man suspected of writing a Trojan horse which spied on users via webcams.’
    • ‘But all the technology is of solid 2004 vintage, reliant on the omnipresence of mobile phones, webcams and internet access.’
    • ‘A worm capable of using webcams to spy on users is circulating across the Net.’
    • ‘Every office will also have internet, broadband and webcams so that those who have an office can look at it in the evenings to make sure everything is safe and secure.’
    • ‘Instead she is one of a growing army of women around the globe who open up their private lives to the world via Internet webcams.’
    • ‘I want to know that this phone will work with other webcams that are already out there.’
    • ‘Ok, I am sold on webcams and video conferencing.’
    • ‘Computers and webcams will link to large plasma screens so everyone can get a good view.’
    • ‘A special note to users of webcams - if you want to share pictures, you must upload them to a publicly accessible area.’
    • ‘There is also a posh built-in webcam for instant video conferencing.’
    • ‘The only thing you need is a computer, a broadband network connection and a webcam.’
    • ‘And where once I could shout to my pals from the bedroom window, now it is all international phone calls, emails and webcams.’
    • ‘By connecting the camera to your PC, you can also use it as a webcam.’
    • ‘Now, the point about a webcam is that you should be able to point it at different things.’
    • ‘The Johannesburg Zoo web site has several webcams that provide a glimpse into the lives of some of its residents.’
    • ‘Each student is set to get their own laptop computer and webcam and their families will also be able to get computer training.’

verbverb webcams, verb webcamming, verb webcammed

[no object]
  • Appear or communicate online via a webcam, in particular to perform sexual acts on a live broadcast as a form of sex work.

    ‘Riley is one of the stars who has been webcamming’
    • ‘I can webcam or create new videos and pictures at home’
    • ‘many sex workers have already turned to webcamming to make ends meet’


1990s from web in the sense ‘World Wide Web’ + cam.