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camera1

[kam-er-uh, kam-ruh] /ˈkæm ər ə, ˈkæm rə/
noun
1.
a device for capturing a photographic image or recording a video, using film or digital memory.
2.
(in a television transmitting apparatus) the device in which the picture to be televised is formed before it is changed into electric impulses.
adjective
3.
Printing. camera-ready.
Idioms
4.
off camera,
  1. out of the range of a video camera, as a television or motion picture camera:
    The stunt woman was waiting just off camera for her cue to enter the scene.
  2. (of an actor) in one’s private rather than professional life:
    The two co-stars are best friends off camera.
5.
on camera, being filmed or televised by a live camera:
Be sure to look alert when you are on camera.
Origin of camera1
1730-1735
1730-35; shortening of camera obscura; 1840-45 for def 1; utimately < Latin camera vaulted room, vault; see camera2

camera2

[kam-er-uh] /ˈkæm ər ə/
noun, plural camerae
[kam-uh-ree] /ˈkæm ə ri/ (Show IPA)
1.
a judge's private office.
Idioms
2.
in camera,
  1. Law. in the privacy of a judge's chambers.
  2. privately.
Origin
1630-40; for earlier sense “vaulted room” < Latin < Greek kamára vault; see chamber
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Examples from the Web for camera
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  • But how the form of such a woman must be dwarfed in the camera of such a man's mind!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • He is like a camera with the cap on—he never gets a new impression.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • I was tapping away at the door of his recollections, camera all ready.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • "Oh, that's all right," said Mr. Trenton, swinging his camera over his shoulder.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • If it should come, he wished for a camera—a moving picture camera.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for camera

camera

/ˈkæmərə; ˈkæmrə/
noun
1.
an optical device consisting of a lens system set in a light-proof construction inside which a light-sensitive film or plate can be positioned See also cine camera, digital camera
2.
(television) the equipment used to convert the optical image of a scene into the corresponding electrical signals
4.
(pl) -erae (-əˌriː). a judge's private room
5.
in camera
  1. (law) relating to a hearing from which members of the public are excluded
  2. in private
6.
off camera, not within an area being filmed
7.
on camera, (esp of an actor) being filmed
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: vault, from Greek kamara
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Word Origin and History for camera
n.

1708, "vaulted building," from Latin camera "vaulted room" (source of Italian camera, Spanish camara, French chambre), from Greek kamara "vaulted chamber."

The word also was used early 18c. as a short form of Modern Latin camera obscura "dark chamber" (a black box with a lens that could project images of external objects), contrasted with camera lucida (Latin for "light chamber"), which uses prisms to produce on paper beneath the instrument an image, which can be traced. It became the word for "picture-taking device" when modern photography began, c.1840 (extended to television filming devices 1928). Camera-shy is attested from 1890. Old Church Slavonic komora, Lithuanian kamara, Old Irish camra all are borrowings from Latin.

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camera in Medicine

camera cam·er·a (kām'ər-ə, kām'rə)
n. pl. cam·er·ae (-ə-rē)
A chamber or cavity, such as one of the chambers of the heart or eye.

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