from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A darkened chamber in which the real image of an object is received through a small opening or lens and focused in natural color onto a facing surface rather than recorded on a film or plate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A darkened chamber in which the image of an outside object is projected and focused onto a surface
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An apparatus in which the images of external objects, formed by a convex lens or a concave mirror, are thrown on a paper or other white surface placed in the focus of the lens or mirror within a darkened chamber, or box, so that the outlines may be traced.
- An apparatus in which the image of an external object or objects is, by means of lenses, thrown upon a sensitized plate or surface placed at the back of an extensible darkened box or chamber variously modified; -- commonly called simply the camera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a darkened enclosure in which images of outside objects are projected through a small aperture or lens onto a facing surface
New Latin camera obscūra : Latin camera, chamber + Latin obscūra, feminine of obscūrus, dark.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin, from camera, chamber, + obscura, dark. (Wiktionary)