Definition of letter box in English:

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letter box


1British A box attached to an outside wall, or a slot in the door of a building, into which mail is delivered: she wrote a hasty reply and posted it through his letter box
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  • I attracted a family of dusky flycatchers to an old letter box attached to a wall three metres or so off the ground.
  • A firework was pushed through the letter box of the building and set fire to items of mail, causing smoke damage to the building on Owen Road.
  • Its only connection seems to be that it has a phone box in front, and a letter box set in the wall.
2 (letterbox) [mass noun, usually as modifier] A format for presenting widescreen films on a standard television screen, in which the image is displayed in approximately its original proportions across the middle of the screen, leaving horizontal black bands above and below: this uncut version is presented in letterbox format
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  • Naturally, you can pop in your DVD movies and watch them in 16: 10 widescreen letterbox format on the gorgeous LCD display.
  • The special features are presented in a letterbox format (I hesitate to use widescreen in this case), though they are not anamorphic.
  • Unfortunately, VOD probably won't offer movies in letterbox format with extra goodies like DVDs do.


(letterbox) [with object] Record (a widescreen film) on to video in letterbox format: (as adjective letterboxed) the film has been released in a digitally remastered and letterboxed edition
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  • Note, however, that clips from widescreen films are not letterboxed, but are instead presented in pan and scan format.
  • The video transfer is slightly letterboxed and non-anamorphic, and looks about as ugly as any DVD I have ever seen.
  • Miramax's Region 1 version possesses a pristine transfer, and is widescreen letterboxed in the aspect ratio 1: 1.66.

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