- a darkened boxlike device in which images of external objects, received through an aperture, as with a convex lens, are exhibited in their natural colors on a surface arranged to receive them: used for sketching, exhibition purposes, etc.
Origin of camera obscura
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Examples from the Web for camera obscura
When I was a boy I was very fond of a contrivance that was called a camera-obscura.
And yet, and yet; what if the darkness that envelops Him be the darkness of the camera-obscura?
What an enormous 'camera-obscura' magnifier196 is Tradition!The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire
S. W. Partington
It was like looking into a camera-obscura—you saw faces shining and speaking.Old and New London
Pictures in the camera-obscura could be, not only seen, but caught and retained.The Evolution of Photography
- a darkened chamber or small building in which images of outside objects are projected onto a flat surface by a convex lens in an apertureSometimes shortened to: camera
New Latin: dark chamber
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Word Origin and History for camera obscura
1725, "a darkened room;" c.1730, "a device for project pictures;" see camera.
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