cam·er·a (kămər-ə, kămrə)
1. A usually portable device containing a photosensitive surface that records images through a lens.
2. A camera obscura.
3. pl. cam·er·ae (-ə-rē) A judge's private chamber.
Outside of the public view: The committee met in camera to discuss the report.
Outside the field of view of a movie camera.
Within the field of view of a movie camera.
[Late Latin, room; see CHAMBER.]
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