from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An early form of a television-camera tube, equipped for rapid scanning of an information-storing, photoactive mosaic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an early television camera having a mosaic of photoactive cells

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A device attached to a camera, which shows in reduced scale an image of an object to be photographed; a finder. It permits a choice of point of view and arrangement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the first practical television-camera for picture pickup; invented in 1923 by Vladimir Kosma Zworykin


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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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