Definition of pixelate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪksəleɪt/
(also pixellate or pixilate)


[with object]
1Divide (an image) into pixels, typically for display or storage in a digital format.
Example sentences
  • Especially jarring are the pixelated JPEG graphics that are used throughout as illustrations.
  • It's hard to imagine that video game designers didn't have her in mind when they pixelated her.
  • Now that we've pixelated the image, there's a few different things we can do with it, and we'll look at them next.
1.1Display an image of (someone or something) on television as a small number of large pixels, typically in order to disguise someone’s identity.
Example sentences
  • The faces of others in the doorway were pixelated so as not to reveal their identity.
  • (There's no need to worry your grandparents - the offending area was pixellated, being one of the few things that is still not allowed to be shown under the censor's rules).
  • This seems especially bizarre when I heard another report that a man's bare torso was pixelated on the American news networks so as to ensure that no viewers would be offended.



Pronunciation: /pɪksəˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Notice there's nary a hint of pixelation anywhere.
  • You can also use even slower speeds but then you really start to see pixelation and grain in your image.
  • On closer inspection, pixellation is evident.

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Line breaks: pix¦el|ate

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