Share this entry

Share this page

letterbox

Syllabification: let·ter·box
Pronunciation: /ˈledərˌbäks
 
/

Definition of letterbox in English:

noun

1(Chiefly in the UK) a mailbox.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [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
More example sentences
  • 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.

verb

[with object] Back to top  
Record (a widescreen film) onto video in letterbox format.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of letterbox in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure