Definition of Nicam in English:


(also NICAM)


  • [mass noun] A digital system used in British television to provide video signals with high-quality stereo sound.

    [as modifier] ‘a Nicam stereo TV’
    • ‘I have a number of friends who rush out to buy the latest tweaks to existing technology, such as upgrading their TV from mono to Nicam stereo, then widescreen, followed by a quick change to a digital widescreen flat screen!’
    • ‘Pictures are usually small and jerky and sound nowhere near Nicam stereo quality.’
    • ‘To have a concert in your front room was more impressive than having widescreen digital TV with Nicam stereo sound.’
    • ‘Some models will come with their own speakers, allowing you to listen to your favourite programs, in Nicam stereo.’
    • ‘And if she doubted what she was hearing then the people all around them with their widescreen TV's and Nicam surround sound probably dismissed the racket too.’


1980s: acronym from near instantaneously companded audio multiplex.