on-camera

[ on-kam-er-uh, -kam-ruh, awn- ]
/ ˈɒnˈkæm ər ə, -ˈkæm rə, ˈɔn- /

adjective, adverb

within the range of a motion-picture or television camera; while being filmed or televised: on-camera blunders; The assassination happened on-camera.

Nearby words

  1. on welfare,
  2. on your life,
  3. on, be,
  4. on-again, off-again,
  5. on-air,
  6. on-glide,
  7. on-limits,
  8. on-looker,
  9. on-message,
  10. on-mike

Origin of on-camera

First recorded in 1960–65

camera

1
[ kam-er-uh, kam-ruh ]
/ ˈkæm ər ə, ˈkæm rə /

noun,

a device for capturing a photographic image or recording a video, using film or digital memory.
(in a television transmitting apparatus) the device in which the picture to be televised is formed before it is changed into electric impulses.

adjective

Printing. camera-ready.

Origin of camera

1
1730–35; shortening of camera obscura; 1840-45 for def 1; utimately < Latin camera vaulted room, vault; see camera2

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British Dictionary definitions for on camera

camera

/ (ˈkæmərə, ˈkæmrə) /

noun

Word Origin for camera

C18: from Latin: vault, from Greek kamara

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Word Origin and History for on camera

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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Medicine definitions for on camera

camera

[ kămər-ə, kămrə ]

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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Idioms and Phrases with on camera

on camera

Being filmed, as in When the talk-show host began, I wasn't sure if we were on camera. This usage dates from the first half of the 1900s, soon after the birth of motion-picture and television filming. The same is true of the antonym off camera, meaning “outside the view of a movie or TV camera,” as in Go ahead and scratch—we're off camera now.

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