Definition of pixelate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiksəlāt/
(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.
1.1 (be pixelated) (Of an image on a computer screen or other display) be enlarged so far that the viewer sees the individual pixels that form the image, the enlargement having reached the point at which no further detail can be resolved.
Example sentences
  • The image gets pixelated and chopped up on closer examination, and some anti-aliasing occurs now and again.
  • The particle effects were even more pixelated than the other, but for this one, it suited.
  • Almost all instances of crowd footage are grainy, unclean, and somewhat pixilated.
1.2Display 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: /ˌpiksəˈlāSHən/
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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Syllabification: pix·el·ate

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