Definition of video in US English:

video

noun

  • 1The recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images.

    • ‘For the recording of swimmers' movements on tape you can use normal video equipment with special underwater system.’
    • ‘He moved to visual images and video after he came to the Media Lab.’
    • ‘The trust has provided seven school systems with audio and video equipment, including, of course, free cable.’
    • ‘He was using the satellite phone, which carried video also so his image came up simultaneously on the large screen television in the den.’
    • ‘The multiple cameras allow for simultaneous recording and video, which will match data frame-by-frame.’
    • ‘Seachange owns a server system that manages digital video for television and telecommunications companies.’
    • ‘No phones currently include 1394, though this could change in the future as more phones support video and images.’
    • ‘It can also support concurrent sessions of broadcast video, the Web, VOD and HDTV.’
    • ‘Other, virtual reality-type simulators combine video or computer images with tactile feedback.’
    • ‘And in terms of picture quality, broadcast video beats streaming video in most cases.’
    • ‘Home networks are going to require a stable, flexible system that handles video in real time and is extremely easy to use.’
    • ‘Churn figures are lower for more mature cable systems, where digital video has been in place longer.’
    • ‘This is because stores often hook up many TVs to one video source, degrading image quality across all the screens.’
    • ‘Oh lastly I think pushing language and the visual medium of video was key.’
    • ‘The manual also describes National's broadcast video products and evaluation boards.’
    • ‘A similar story is the adoption of the DVD to replace the old analog VHS video system.’
    • ‘The entire building is wired with high-tech audio, video, and communication systems.’
    • ‘Sony seems to grasp this, which is why their Home Theater System had two video input functions.’
    • ‘I have always been fascinated with both mediums, and particularly combining video and still images.’
    • ‘Photographers may select NTSC or PAL video formats for image review.’
  • 2A recording of moving visual images made digitally or on videotape.

    ‘they sat down to watch a video’
    as modifier ‘a site on which people can post their own video clips’
    • ‘Over in the New Concept wing, the preschoolers watch a video narrated by Ossie Davis on how snow is made.’
    • ‘The picture quality is clear and bright, but only four of the videos are filmed in widescreen, and none are anamorphic.’
    • ‘But now the problem is that I have to watch the video that was recorded of me, and pick out one spot to show my tutor.’
    • ‘If a moviegoer tried watching a video with the sound off, the silence would be deafening.’
    • ‘And we should also be even more shocked when some people just don't care and just want to watch the video again.’
    • ‘At night, I watched videos people had recorded of the abuses as they took place.’
    • ‘There is a sublimely deadpan scene of Hunter and Arquette sitting around watching crash-test-dummy videos.’
    • ‘Earlier the bench, chaired by Janet Child, had watched a video filmed by Elliott as she photographed the two women.’
    • ‘The Ring made watching the video scary, and The Grudge… well, try walking into a dark room after you've seen it.’
    • ‘It happened less than a month after he met her, while they watched a video of Ingmar Bergman's Persona.’
    • ‘Throughout his busy day, Paul finds time to look for Harry but also to film a video, record some songs, and daydream.’
    • ‘In a scene played for laughs, he even watches a video about voodoo so he can render her powerless to resist his advances.’
    • ‘He was taken to Halifax police station and shown a video of unused material filmed as part of a BBC undercover documentary, Secret Agent, screened last year.’
    • ‘He had to fly back to New York the next week to film the video for the single that was being released off the album.’
    • ‘As homework you are asked to watch a video of a film that you dislike, that may even disturb you, and watch the film with the sound switched down and to rewrite the scenes that upset you.’
    • ‘His life changed forever when he watched a video of the cult film The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.’
    • ‘I also remember seeing the newsreel of the promo for the film on a video at Cliff's house.’
    • ‘He's noticed that this is what teachers always do with the dumb kids - make them watch videos.’
    • ‘Students even use them in the gym, whether to watch instructional videos or to download iTunes music for gymnastics routines.’
    • ‘This series comes with a guide book for using the videos as course material.’
    cd, disc, record, single, album
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    1. 2.1 A short movie made by a pop or rock group to accompany a song.
      • ‘Besides, how can you resist a band that makes a video in which they rock their guts out while naked and flat on their backs?’
      • ‘The video that accompanied the song showed a map of Britain with a target sign across it.’
      • ‘Bowie then introduces a video from CBC television of footage from Ethiopia, cut to the Cars' song ‘Drive’.’
      • ‘This song has an accompanying video, which is often played on FUSE and MTV2.’
      • ‘You can watch his videos without the sound on and still pick up the spirit of the track.’
      • ‘Riffing on campy styles ranging from karaoke to '80s rock videos, the tunes are both catchy and hilarious.’
      • ‘A video for that song was released in November 2002, but it didn't make the final cut of the album.’
      • ‘Also the music is so overpowering at times that the film seems more like a pop video than a piece of cinema.’
      • ‘Furthermore, two short videos of the band at work in Hook End Manor studio last summer are also being streamed.’
      • ‘I'm kinda sold on this song with its accompanying video.’
    2. 2.2British A videocassette recorder.
      • ‘We went out to dine last night, so I set the video to tape Maria Callas: Living and Dying for Art and Love.’
    3. 2.3 A videocassette.
      ‘a blank video’
      ‘the film will soon be released on video’
      • ‘Think of it as a video / audio tape recorder for your computer.’
      • ‘Just convert your entire video library into DVD discs using a DVD recorder.’
      • ‘Although to a degree the same kind of effect has been brought via cheap blank videos.’
      • ‘Five blank videos, various Lynx branded smelly stuff, oh, and some socks.’
      • ‘Now it's being released on video, virtually fanfare-less.’
      • ‘Ten minutes into the show, the video goes blank.’
      • ‘I have it on cassette tapes and videos, the many times he has thanked me for being, and staying in his corner from the very beginning.’
      • ‘An erotic life is, for more and more people, that which can be captured in digital photographs and on video.’
      • ‘On video, the shots just seem to bounce off him - he is not known for his skill but for his ruggedness and aggression, so it should be an exciting fight.’
      • ‘You can either donate them on the day or bring them along to be photographed and what they mean to you will be recorded on video, audio tape or in writing.’
      recording, cassette, tape recording
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verb

  • Record on videotape.

    ‘he declined an invitation to be videoed’
    • ‘A four-hour epic film I'd videoed was cut abruptly minutes before the end.’
    • ‘I shall be videoing the television coverage, and may even tune in if rain stops play in the Sri Lanka test match, but shan't give it much thought.’
    • ‘And for those who sadly missed this rare live TV performance, it will be shown again on BBC Choice, and I videoed it for repeated viewing pleasure.’
    • ‘So to ease my pain I've been videoing chunks of afternoon television to remind myself that the cosy world of midweek inactivity isn't necessarily as rosy as I remember.’
    • ‘I've just watched a film which I videoed last night.’
    • ‘Some residents have resorted to asking friends, unaffected by the interference, to video a programme for them as it is the only way they can watch it clearly.’
    • ‘I saw 2 episodes that friends video'd, about the same as everyone else I know, despite the fact we all loved the show!’
    • ‘I'm going to go down in history as the worst organised student ever - I've forgotten to video the next two chemistry programmes as well.’
    make a record of, make a recording of, tape, tape-record
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Origin

1930s: from Latin videre ‘to see’, on the pattern of audio.

Pronunciation

video

/ˈvidēō//ˈvɪdioʊ/