• Section of panoramic camera
    Section of panoramic camera
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n camera equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other)
    • n camera television equipment consisting of a lens system that focuses an image on a photosensitive mosaic that is scanned by an electron beam
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Throwing a Black Cloth Over His Head He Moved About the Camera." "Throwing a Black Cloth Over His Head He Moved About the Camera."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Camera shutter speed "B" stands for bulb.
    • n Camera A chamber, or instrument having a chamber. Specifically: The camera obscura when used in photography. See Camera, and Camera obscura.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you pause Saturday Night Fever at the "How Deep Is Your Love" rehearsal scene, you will see the camera crew reflected in the dance hall mirror.
    • n camera In ancient architecture, an arched roof, ceiling, or covering; a vault.
    • n camera Nautical, a small vessel used on the coasts of the Bosporus and the Black Sea. Also camara.
    • n camera The variety of camera obscura used by photographers. It is made usually in the form of a box in two parts, connected by an extensible bellows-like arrangement serving to adjust the focus, and having one or more lenses fixed in the front. Photographic cameras are made in a great variety of shapes and sizes, according to use, as the pocket-camera, copying camera, landscape-camera, and portrait-camera; and many different forms of lenses, some of highly specialized types, are used. Provision is made for inserting in the back of the camera carriers or plate-holders containing the dry or wet sensitive plates or the paper films, etc., on which the photographs; are taken. See camera obscura, below, and photography.
    • n camera In anatomy: The so-called fifth ventricle of the brain, between the laminæ of the septum lucidum.
    • n camera Some other chambered or vaulted part or organ, as the pericardium (camera cordis, chamber of the heart), the cranial cavity (camera cranii), etc.
    • n camera (Latin, clear chamber), an invention of the chemist Wollaston, designed to facilitate the delineation of distant objects. It consists of a solid prismatic piece of glass mounted upon a brass frame. The prism has its angles so arranged that the rays from the object appear reflected as shown below, and is covered at the top by a metallic eyepiece, the hole in which lies half over the edge of the prism, so as to afford a person looking through it a view of the picture reflected through the glass, and a direct view of his pencil or tracing-point. In the figure the object to be traced, f, is opposite the perpendicular surface of the prism, d c, and the rays proceeding from f pass through this surface and fall on the inclined plane c, b, which makes an angle with d c of 67½°; from this they are totally reflected to the plane b a, which makes an angle of 135° with b c, and are again reflected to the eye at e above the horizontal plane, which makes an angle of 67½° with the plane a b. The rays of light from the object proceeding upward from h toward the eye of the observer, he sees the image at m, and by placing the paper below in this place the image may be traced with a pencil. The brass frame of the prism has usually two lenses, one concave and the other convex, the former to be used in front between f and d c for nearsighted persons, and the latter at e for those who are farsighted. The size of the picture may also be increased or diminished by lengthening or shortening brass tubes connected with the frame. This instrument has undergone various modifications. It is extremely convenient on account of its portability.
    • n camera (Latin, dark chamber), an apparatus in which the images of external objects, received through a convex lens, are exhibited distinctly and in their natural colors on a white surface placed at the focus of the lens. The simplest form of this instrument consists of a darkened chamber, into which no light is permitted to enter except by a small hole in the window-shutter. An image of the objects opposite the hole will then appear on the wall, or on a white screen so placed as to receive the light coming from the opening. A convex lens may be fixed in the hole of the shutter. Portable cameras are constructed of various forms, but the design of them all is to throw the images of external objects, as persons, houses, trees, landscapes, etc., upon a plane or curved surface, for the purpose of drawing, the making of photographic pictures, or mere amusement. The surface on which the image is thrown may be covered with a sheet of paper, on which the figure may be traced by hand with a pencil; but the picture is most distinctly seen when the image is formed on the back of a silvered mirror. The figure represents a portable camera obscura. The camera obscura is often made in the form of a circular building capable of holding a number of people, who stand about a plain white table which is placed in the center of the structure, and on which the luminous image is projected by a lens on the roof. By turning the lens around, a panorama of the neighboring scenery is exhibited on the table. Cameras for use in sketching are made in the shape of a cone, with a lens and a reflecting mirror at the apex and a drawing-table inside. One side of the box is cut out, and at this opening the artist sits, partly enveloped by a dark curtain which serves to shut out extraneous light. See optigraph.
    • n camera A chamber, as of a house, a mine, a gun, etc.; any inclosure with a roof.
    • n camera A box-shaped device for viewing tubes containing colored solutions by transmitted light, the eyes being shielded from other light.
    • n camera In zoology, same as air-chamber, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Eastman, inventor of the Kodak camera, hated having his picture taken.
    • n Camera kam′ėr-a the variety of camera-obscura used by photographers
    • n Camera kam′ėr-a a vaulted room: the judge's private chamber (In camera, of a case heard there rather than in public court)
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  • Jennie Garth
    Jennie Garth
    “I know I have the ability to do so much more than just stand in front of the camera the rest of my life.”
  • Debra Winger
    Debra Winger
    “I have a thing with the camera. The lens is unconditional. It doesn't judge you.”
  • Orson Welles
    “A film is never really any good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.”
  • Brooks Atkinson
    Brooks Atkinson
    “The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    “The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.”
  • Dirk Bogarde
    Dirk Bogarde
    “The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vault, arch, LL., chamber. See Chamber


In literature:

He and Peter and Caspian talked together, and it was Camera-eyes who went away first.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
How the camera did snap during this fight!
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
All that is needed is what is known as a camera lucida.
"The Story of the Cotton Plant" by Frederick Wilkinson
One carried a medium-sized camera with the necessary tripod and accessory satchel.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
All day I had carried the heavy camera with a supply of glass plates.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
One of the camera guys tells me it's Mr. Duke, Genaro's assistant.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
Each ship has a camera to record the details of any fields you locate.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
The next experiments with their explanations will show you how cameras can take pictures.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
This camera is made by the well-known firm The American Co., N. Y., and every camera delivered by them is guaranteed to take a perfect picture.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various
His luggage was explored with similar minute attention, and Murphy rescued his cameras with difficulty.
"Sjambak" by John Holbrook Vance

In poetry:

And everyone's face grew merry and bright,
And Timothy danced for sheer delight.
"Give me the camera, quick, oh quick!
He's crawling out of the duckweed."
"Daddy Fell into the Pond" by Alfred Noyes
From his shoulder Hiawatha
Took the camera of rosewood,
Made of sliding, folding rosewood;
Neatly put it all together.
In its case it lay compactly,
Folded into nearly nothing;
"Hiawatha's Photographing " by Lewis Carroll
Then she played the back legs of an elephant
And just as the camera man shot ’em
The fellow in front sat down with a grunt
And Sal sang, “you’re the top, I’m the bottom.”
"The Sobstuff Sister" by Billy Bennett
Twenty-eight naked young women bathed by the shore
Or near the bank of a woodland lake
Twenty-eight girls and all of them comely
Worthy of Mack Sennett's camera and Florenz Ziegfield's
Foolish Follies.
"A Dream Of Whitman Paraphrased, Recognized And Made More Vivid" by Delmore Schwartz
Henry's pleasure in this unusual event
reminds me of the extra told at Hollywood & Vine
that TV cameras
were focused on him personally then & there
and 'Just a few words . . . Is it what you meant?
Was there a genuine sign?'
"Dream Song 124:" Behold I bring you tidings of great joy"" by John Berryman
In this our age the gunman and his moll
Two one-dimensional ghosts, love on a reel,
Strange to our solid eye,
And speak their midnight nothings as they swell;
When cameras shut they hurry to their hole
down in the yard of day.
"Our Eunuch Dreams" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

In brief comments, O'Malley weighed in for the first time on criticism of speed cameras since The Baltimore Sun published an investigation of the devices, focusing on the city's network of 83 radar-equipped cameras .
From spy camera watch to tie cameras there is almost no end to the different types of cameras that are available for purchase by the public.
The on-camera hostility between Couples Therapy stars Doug Hutchison and Nik Richie has reached fever pitch on a number of occasions, but it still doesn't match up to the insane drama off-camera, is exclusively reporting.
Camera phones are giving compact digital cameras a push toward oblivion.
The market for compact cameras is taking a hit from picture-taking smartphones, but some analysts say point-and-shoot cameras are sure to survive.
A frightening confrontation is caught on camera, as a city of Albuquerque security guard goes after a man for using a video camera.
"He knew how to hide from the camera, he knew where we have cameras," Ellan said.
Businesses at Fisherman's Wharf are getting ready to arm themselves with more high-tech surveillance cameras after seeing how security cameras broke open a massive fencing ring.
The Samsung Galaxy EK-GC100 camera, the first camera with 3G/4G connectivity, isn't the first wireless camera to run on the Android mobile OS—that honor goes to the Nikon Coolpix S800c, which connects via Wi-Fi, not 3G or 4G.
Now the company is back with a handsome collection of classic leather straps you can pair with those cameras (or with any cameras).
Chances are you have a digital camera or two in your arsenal of gadgets, but it's less likely that you're a professional photographer or camera technician.
Whether you want a simple camera you can slip into a pocket, one with interchangeable lenses and plenty of controls, or something in between, here's what you need to know to zoom in on the perfect camera.
Once upon a time, cameras competed with other cameras.
With built-in cameras becoming a standard feature on smartphones, some would argue that the digital camera market is slowly fading out.
Eric Oberg, general manager of a Leica Camera AG concept store, handles a Leica S-series digital SLR camera before the opening of the company's first North American retail store in Washington, D.C. Costco Wholesale Corp.

In science:

Optical images were taken from the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 (WFPC2) images of O’Neil,, the MDM 1.3m McGraw Hill telescope (McGaugh, Schombert, & Bothun 1995), and from the Space Telescope Science Institute Digital Sky Survey.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
In this letter we report on a sample of highly absorbed point sources detected in the XMM-Newton first-light image obtained by the EPIC-PN camera (Str¨uder et al. 2001) south-west of the 30 Doradus region in the LMC.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
The Near-infrared Camera and Multi-ob ject Spectrometer (NICMOS) was used by Figer et al. (1999) to penetrate the dust toward the center of the Milky Way in order to study two remarkable young clusters near the Galactic Center.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Maoz et al. (1996) found a similar population of clusters in a sample of five barred galaxies using the Faint Ob ject Camera.
The Formation of Star Clusters
Fig. 2. A large view of the LMC compact nebula N83B and its neighboring field imaged with the HST camera WFPC2 in the hydrogen recombination line Hα (filter F656N).
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B