Definition of Camera obscura

1. Noun. A darkened enclosure in which images of outside objects are projected through a small aperture or lens onto a facing surface.

Generic synonyms: Chamber

Definition of Camera obscura

1. Noun. A darkened chamber in which the image of an outside object is projected and focused onto a surface ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Camera Obscura

camera angle
camera anterior bulbi
camera care
camera club
camera clubs
camera flash
camera left
camera lens
camera lucida
camera move
camera movement
camera obscura (current term)
camera oculi anterior
camera oculi major
camera oculi minor
camera oculi posterior
camera operator
camera phone
camera posterior bulbi
camera ready
camera right
camera tripod
camera vitrea bulbi

Literary usage of Camera obscura

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1858)
"... camera obscura. By A. CLAUDET, FRS From the Proceedings of the Royal Society: June 18. 1857. 9. ..."

2. Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1832)
"On a Periscopic camera obscura and Microscope. By William Hyde Wollaston, MD Sec. RS Read June 11, 1812. [Phil. Trans. 1812,^.370.] The same views which the ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The increasing importance of the camera obscura as a photographic instrument makes it desirable to bring together what is known of its early history, ..."

4. The Camera and the Pencil by Marcus Aurelius Root (1864)
"The beautiful toy, entitled the camera obscura, and the observation of the ... The camera obscura, one of these, was discovered about two centuries ago, ..."

5. A System of Natural Philosophy by John Lee Comstock (1847)
"camera obscura.—camera obscura strictly signifies a darkened chamber, because the room must be darkened, in order to observe its effects. ..."

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