camera obscura

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camera ob·scu·ra

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.

[New Latin camera obscūra : Latin camera, chamber; see chamber + Latin obscūra, feminine of obscūrus, dark; see obscure.]

camera obscura

(Art Terms) 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. Sometimes shortened to: camera
[New Latin: dark chamber]

cam′era ob•scu′ra

(ɒbˈskyʊər ə)
n., pl. camera ob•scu•ras.
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.
[1660–70; < New Latin: dark chamber]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: obscura - a darkened enclosure in which images of outside objects are projected through a small aperture or lens onto a facing surfacecamera obscura - a darkened enclosure in which images of outside objects are projected through a small aperture or lens onto a facing surface
chamber - a natural or artificial enclosed space
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