Definition of video in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images.

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

    ‘she could post videos of the event on the Internet’
    ‘they sat down to watch a video’
    [as modifier] ‘a site on which people can post their own video clips’
    • ‘Students even use them in the gym, whether to watch instructional videos or to download iTunes music for gymnastics routines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over in the New Concept wing, the preschoolers watch a video narrated by Ossie Davis on how snow is made.’
    • ‘There is a sublimely deadpan scene of Hunter and Arquette sitting around watching crash-test-dummy videos.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This series comes with a guide book for using the videos as course material.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a scene played for laughs, he even watches a video about voodoo so he can render her powerless to resist his advances.’
    • ‘It happened less than a month after he met her, while they watched a video of Ingmar Bergman's Persona.’
    • ‘If a moviegoer tried watching a video with the sound off, the silence would be deafening.’
    • ‘Throughout his busy day, Paul finds time to look for Harry but also to film a video, record some songs, and daydream.’
    • ‘I also remember seeing the newsreel of the promo for the film on a video at Cliff's house.’
    • ‘The picture quality is clear and bright, but only four of the videos are filmed in widescreen, and none are anamorphic.’
    • ‘And we should also be even more shocked when some people just don't care and just want to watch the video again.’
    • ‘He's noticed that this is what teachers always do with the dumb kids - make them watch videos.’
    • ‘At night, I watched videos people had recorded of the abuses as they took place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Ring made watching the video scary, and The Grudge… well, try walking into a dark room after you've seen it.’
    • ‘His life changed forever when he watched a video of the cult film The Blues Brothers, starring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd.’
    • ‘Earlier the bench, chaired by Janet Child, had watched a video filmed by Elliott as she photographed the two women.’
    1. 2.1A short film made by a pop or rock group to accompany a song.
      ‘a pop video’
      • ‘Also the music is so overpowering at times that the film seems more like a pop video than a piece of cinema.’
      • ‘Riffing on campy styles ranging from karaoke to '80s rock videos, the tunes are both catchy and hilarious.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘A video for that song was released in November 2002, but it didn't make the final cut of the album.’
      • ‘Furthermore, two short videos of the band at work in Hook End Manor studio last summer are also being streamed.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘I'm kinda sold on this song with its accompanying video.’
    2. 2.2British A video recorder.
      ‘he set the video’
      • ‘We went out to dine last night, so I set the video to tape Maria Callas: Living and Dying for Art and Love.’
    3. 2.3A video cassette.
      ‘a blank video’
      [as modifier] ‘a video library’
      [mass noun] ‘the film will soon be released 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.’
      • ‘Think of it as a video / audio tape recorder for your computer.’
      • ‘Now it's being released on video, virtually fanfare-less.’
      • ‘Just convert your entire video library into DVD discs using a DVD recorder.’
      • ‘An erotic life is, for more and more people, that which can be captured in digital photographs and on video.’
      • ‘Ten minutes into the show, the video goes blank.’
      • ‘Five blank videos, various Lynx branded smelly stuff, oh, and some socks.’
      • ‘Although to a degree the same kind of effect has been brought via cheap blank videos.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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  • 1Make a video recording of (something broadcast on television)

    ‘how many programmes have you videoed and never managed to watch?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘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've just watched a film which I videoed last night.’
    • ‘A four-hour epic film I'd videoed was cut abruptly minutes before the end.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Film with a video camera.

    ‘he videoed our wedding’
    • ‘A group were bullying a lad at school and videoing his beatings on their phones, before sending on video clips to fellow pupils.’
    • ‘While others photographed and videoed the wreck, my buddy and I explored it close-up, venturing into the helicopter hangar among other places.’
    • ‘Each of her shows is exhaustively videoed, with photographers allowed to take close-up shots, a practice that verges on the creepy.’
    • ‘I beg you, please get someone with a camcorder to video you doing this talk.’
    • ‘In some cases, interviews can be videoed and Police video units are being upgraded to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.’
    • ‘If you're videoing a central character or object, take note of the background (whatever is behind the person or object) and avoid unbalancing elements such as trees or poles.’
    • ‘And all the time they continue to video the family, bonding, breaking and ultimately falling apart.’
    • ‘We photographed and videoed the fantastic creature.’
    • ‘What made it an even greater pleasure was that parents and pals were taking photographs and videoing the whole thing.’
    • ‘Tom Hardwick gave a wonderful illustrated lecture on how to video a wedding.’
    • ‘Winders also claims that the test was videoed by a television station, which may be correct, though I've no memory of such involvement, at all.’
    • ‘We'd hired an old fashioned car for the day, a photographer and someone to video the whole thing for us.’
    • ‘The Friedmans had been very quick to embrace home movie technology - so much so that they videoed the minutiae of their daily lives.’
    • ‘Between then and May 22 there were three face-to-face meetings between them and each time they were videoed and audio recorded.’
    • ‘The purpose: to video the Prince's daughter's wedding.’
    • ‘Uncle Rico lives in a trailer and is stuck in the past, reliving his glory days as a football also-ran by videoing himself throwing balls.’
    • ‘So she packed up and headed to Israel to video it.’
    • ‘The race has been videoed and this tape is the second piece of evidence the stewards rely on.’
    • ‘Ref blows the full-time whistle and you video the teams shaking hands and walking off the field.’
    • ‘The Wasps need an experienced cameraman to video matches, an important role as tapes of incidents may have to be sent to the Rugby Football League for judgement.’
    film, photograph, get a photo of, get a photograph of, take a photo of, take a photograph of, get photographs of, take photographs of, get a picture of, take a picture of, get pictures of, take pictures of, take someone's photo, take someone's picture, get a snap of, get a snapshot of, take a snap of, take a snapshot of, take, snap, capture on celluloid, capture on film, record on celluloid, record on film
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1930s: from Latin videre to see, on the pattern of audio.