Main definitions of camera in English

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camera1

noun

  • A device for recording visual images in the form of photographs, film, or video signals.

    ‘she faced the cameras’
    ‘a press photographer's camera flashed’
    ‘a video camera’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cameras would record images in colour during the day and black and white at night.’
    • ‘Here in Bedford you can't even go with a camera or video recorder to the local swimming pool.’
    • ‘From time to time I get a few queries about my photographs, my camera and techniques.’
    • ‘Filmed with four cameras, the result will then be displayed on four television screens.’
    • ‘We ascend, our cameras out of film and our slates covered in a jumble of barely decipherable notes.’
    • ‘There, images from two cameras fighting over the same frequency are grainy and dark.’
    • ‘To his left, a film crew holding cameras and lights were filming the entire episode.’
    • ‘After burning up a roll of film Prudence lowered the camera and took the film out to replace it.’
    • ‘I might have left the camera behind but the image of this wreck was imprinted on my mind.’
    • ‘When I reached him he searched me and told me to take the film out of my camera and give it to him.’
    • ‘I quickly resigned myself to the fact that the film in my cameras was going to be lost.’
    • ‘Among the hours of images caught by the cameras at King's Cross, one sequence stood out.’
    • ‘Film from CCTV cameras in the club has been taken away as part of the police inquiry.’
    • ‘The cameras work using two video monitors in the patrol vans which are linked to a recorder.’
    • ‘Staff at the centre can use it to download images from traffic cameras around the county.’
    • ‘Monday I leave for Boston with a car full of cameras and film of various shapes and sizes.’
    • ‘During the film, the camera lingers on one wall in the bar now owned by Monty's father.’

Phrases

    on (or off) camera
    • While being filmed or televised (or not being filmed or televised)

      ‘he had used a four-letter word off camera’
      ‘on camera, she was error-prone and nervous’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This programme will focus on the people and places caught on camera.’
      • ‘BBC Berkshire is offering Berkshire people the chance to have their say on camera.’
      • ‘David admits to being amazed himself by the behaviour caught on camera for the first time.’
      • ‘However, that doesn't stop the 26-year-old actor from helping out with his friend's painting and decorating business when he's off camera.’
      • ‘This protest was caught on camera by the BBC, and subsequently aired on the local news.’
      • ‘A man gestured to the reporter off camera and handed her a paper.’
      • ‘When she was on camera and I was off camera, they gave my samurai sword to a stuntman.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from Latin(see camera, camera obscura).

Pronunciation

camera

/ˈkam(ə)rə/

Main definitions of camera in English

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camera2

noun

in names
  • A chamber or round building.

    ‘the Radcliffe Camera’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

    in camera
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If the government wants to lock someone up, they should prove it in a court, before a jury - or at worst, before a panel of judges in camera.’
      • ‘Not only would the court have to sit in camera but neither the detained person nor his legal advisers could be present or told any of the details.’

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’.

Pronunciation

camera

/ˈkam(ə)rə/