Definition of pixel in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪks(ə)l
, -sɛl/


  • A minute area of illumination on a display screen, one of many from which an image is composed: the camera scans photographs and encodes the image into pixels
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    • The image length in pixels multiplied by the width in pixels yields the total pixel count.
    • It could be a one pixel by one pixel graphic the same color as the background.
    • These techniques work at the level of the pixels, the minute areas of illumination which make up images.


1960s: abbreviation of picture element (compare with pix1).

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