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off-camera

[awf-kam-er-uh, -kam-ruh, of-] /ˈɔfˈkæm ər ə, -ˈkæm rə, ˈɒf-/
adjective
1.
occurring as part of a film or program but outside the range of the motion-picture or television camera:
the off-camera shouts of a mob.
adverb
2.
out of the range of a motion-picture or television camera:
The star walked off-camera at the end of his monologue.
3.
(of an actor) in one's private rather than professional life:
Off-camera the movie star liked to cook.

camera

[kam-er-uh, kam-ruh] /ˈkæm ər ə, ˈkæm rə/
noun, plural cameras for 1, 2, camerae
[kam-uh-ree] /ˈkæm ə ri/ (Show IPA),
for 3.
1.
a boxlike device for holding a film or plate sensitive to light, having an aperture controlled by a shutter that, when opened, admits light enabling an object to be focused, usually by means of a lens, on the film or plate, thereby producing a photographic image.
2.
(in a television transmitting apparatus) the device in which the picture to be televised is formed before it is changed into electric impulses.
3.
a judge's private office.
adjective
4.
Printing. camera-ready.
Idioms
5.
in camera,
  1. Law. in the privacy of a judge's chambers.
  2. privately.
6.
off camera, out of the range of a television or motion-picture camera.
7.
on camera, being filmed or televised by a live camera:
Be sure to look alert when you are on camera.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Latin camera vaulted room, vault < Greek kamára vault; see chamber
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British Dictionary definitions for off camera

camera

/ˈkæmərə; ˈkæmrə/
noun
1.
an optical device consisting of a lens system set in a light-proof construction inside which a light-sensitive film or plate can be positioned See also cine camera, digital camera
2.
(television) the equipment used to convert the optical image of a scene into the corresponding electrical signals
4.
(pl) -erae (-əˌriː). a judge's private room
5.
in camera
  1. (law) relating to a hearing from which members of the public are excluded
  2. in private
6.
off camera, not within an area being filmed
7.
on camera, (esp of an actor) being filmed
Word Origin
C18: from Latin: vault, from Greek kamara
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Word Origin and History for off camera
camera
1708, "vaulted building," from L. camera "vaulted room" (cf. It. camera, Sp. camara, Fr. chambre), from Gk. kamara "vaulted chamber," from PIE base *kam- "to arch." The word also was used early 18c. as a short form of Mod.L. 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 an image on paper beneath the instrument, 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 from 1922. O.C.S. komora, Lith. kamara, O.Ir. camra all are borrowings from Latin.
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off camera in Medicine

camera cam·er·a (kām'ər-ə, kām'rə)
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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