camera-obscura

camera obscura

[ob-skyoor-uh]
noun
a darkened boxlike device in which images of external objects, received through an aperture, as with a convex lens, are exhibited in their natural colors on a surface arranged to receive them: used for sketching, exhibition purposes, etc.

Origin:
1660–70; < Neo-Latin: dark chamber; see camera, obscure

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To camera-obscura
Collins
World English Dictionary
camera obscura (ɒbˈskjʊərə)
 
n
Sometimes shortened to: camera a darkened chamber or small building in which images of outside objects are projected onto a flat surface by a convex lens in an aperture
 
[New Latin: dark chamber]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

camera obscura
1725, "a darkened room;" c.1730, "a device for project pictures;" see camera.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature