webcam

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English[edit]

A webcam installed on the Shetland Islands
Portable webcam with microphone, designed for video calls

Etymology[edit]

From Web +‎ cam, shortened from camera.

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Noun[edit]

webcam (plural webcams)

  1. (computing, photography) A video camera whose output may be viewed in real time over a computer network, originally the World Wide Web.
    • 1996 April 29, Steve Lohr, “Dining Out in Manhattan: How to See and Be Seen”, in The New York Times[1], ISSN 0362-4331, page D24:
      And while the Webcams focused on street scenes and other public gathering spots do seem to occupy an uncertain status as a new medium, they perhaps raise an ethical question: Is this the cinéma vérité of cyberspace or is it private surveillance?
    • 2020 July 25, Chris Baraniuk, “No end to Covid-19 webcam shortage”, in BBC News[2]:
      As Covid-19 lockdowns took effect around the world, millions turned to remote working and organising virtual hangouts with friends. Overnight, webcams went from mundane computer accessories to gold dust.

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Verb[edit]

webcam (third-person singular simple present webcams, present participle webcamming, simple past and past participle webcammed)

  1. To take part in a video communication via webcam.
    • 2014, Robert K. Tanenbaum, Fatal Conceit, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 178:
      I got on his computer and wrote the note. I swear there was nothing on his screen like he was webcamming with her but she must have been recording.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English webcam.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɛp.kɛm/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: web‧cam

Noun[edit]

webcam m (plural webcams, diminutive webcammetje n)

  1. webcam [late 1990s]

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia fr

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English webcam.

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Noun[edit]

webcam f (plural webcams)

  1. (computing, photography) webcam

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Italian[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia it

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English webcam.

Noun[edit]

webcam f (invariable)

  1. (computing, photography) webcam

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English webcam.

Noun[edit]

webcam f (plural webcams)

  1. (computing) webcam (video camera viewed over a computer network)
    Synonym: câmara web

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

webcam m (plural webcams)

  1. webcam