camera lucida


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n camera lucida an optical device consisting of an attachment that enables an observer to view simultaneously the image and a drawing surface for sketching it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Camera lucida (Opt) An instrument which by means of a prism of a peculiar form, or an arrangement of mirrors, causes an apparent image of an external object or objects to appear as if projected upon a plane surface, as of paper or canvas, so that the outlines may conveniently traced. It is generally used with the microscope.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. camera, chamber + L. lucidus, lucida, lucid, light


In literature:

From a camera lucida drawing by Mr.
"Lectures and Essays" by T.H. Huxley
All of the figures except those from Clarke were drawn under a camera lucida.
"Development of the Digestive Canal of the American Alligator" by Albert M. Reese
Drawn with the camera lucida.
"The Samuel Butler Collection at Saint John's College Cambridge" by Henry Festing Jones
Attach a camera lucida (of the Wollaston, Beale, or Abbe pattern) (Fig.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Drawn with the camera lucida, and magnified 140 diameters.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
All that is needed is what is known as a camera lucida.
"The Story of the Cotton Plant" by Frederick Wilkinson
This is the simplest form of the camera lucida.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
He was the first painter who made practical use of the camera lucida.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
In half an hour space enough was cleared for Mr. Catherwood to set up his camera lucida.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
The drawing may be made first with a soft lead pencil, using the camera lucida or other optical aids to correct delineation.
"The Essentials of Illustration" by T. G. (Thomas George) Hill