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Definition: A digital camera or video camera whose images are made available on a website, usually being updated once every interval of seconds or minutes, or at the request of the viewer. Some webcams provide new images continuously and use streaming video to transmit them. Home webcams are typically attached to or near a computer, but some may be mounted elsewhere, for example for outdoor views; some may also be rotated in different dimensions upon command. Websites often use Java applets to link the images to the desired webpage.
Source: High Definition: A-Z Guide to Personal Technology. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Credo Reference. Web. 03 August 2012.