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[vid-ee-oh] /ˈvɪd iˌoʊ/
a program, movie, or other visual media product featuring moving images, with or without audio, that is recorded and saved digitally or on videocassette: Let's stay at home and watch a video. She used her phone to record a video of her baby's first steps.
I spent all morning watching videos of cats online.
  1. the elements of television, as in a program or script, pertaining to the transmission or reception of the image (distinguished from audio).
  2. the video part of a television broadcast.
Informal. videotape.
Informal. television:
She is a star of stage and video.
of or relating to the electronic apparatus for producing the television picture:
video amplifier.
of or relating to television, especially the visual elements.
of or relating to videocassettes, VCRs, music videos, etc.:
a video shop.
pertaining to or employed in the transmission or reception of television pictures.
Origin of video
1930-35; < Latin vidē(re) to see + -o as in audio Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And we'll make all the video channels for sure when we go out with rockets blasting.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • The new generation is more proficient in video games than in orthography.

  • We have to understand the structural changes that made TV and video possible.

  • I keyed for a video check of the interior of the lift as it started back up.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • The suite was steel and lead lined, filled with video and movie cameras, recorders, and a variety of other things.

    Diplomatic Immunity Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for video


relating to or employed in the transmission or reception of a televised image
of, concerned with, or operating at video frequencies
noun (pl) -os
the visual elements of a television broadcast
a film recorded on a video cassette
(US) an informal name for television
verb videos, videoing, videoed
to record (a television programme, etc) on a video cassette recorder
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Word Origin
C20: from Latin vidēre to see, on the model of audio
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for video
adj., n., pref.

1935, as visual equivalent of audio, from Latin video "I see," first person singular present indicative of videre "to see" (see vision). video game is from 1973.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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video in Technology

Moving images stored as a sequence of static images (called "frames") representing snapshots of the scene, taken at regularly spaced time intervals, e.g 50 frames per second. Apart from the frame rate, other important properties of a video are the resolution and colour depth of the individual images.
Video data is typically stored and transmitted in a format that includes synchoronised sound.
The many file formats in use for video differ chiefly in the type of compression used. Compression is even more important for video that for static images due to the large amount of data involved in even a short video. Furthermore, compression allows video to be transmitted via a channel whose bandwidth is less than the raw data rate implied by the resolution and frame rate. This allows the recipient to start displaying the video before the transmission is complete, a process known as streaming.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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