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pixel

[pik-suh l, -sel] /ˈpɪk səl, -sɛl/
noun, Computers, Television.
1.
the smallest element of an image that can be individually processed in a video display system.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; pix2 ( def 1 ) + el(ement)
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Examples from the web for pixel
  • Digital camera makers have been working overtime to pack more pixel power into smaller packages.
  • Computer screens also have pixel issues in displaying the serifs cleanly.
  • pixel are the dots that make up the picture on a display screen.
  • Apple's leader had an understanding of design that he applied to its products, down to the last pixel.
  • Meanwhile, new software is helping to produce clearer pictures by controlling the printing pixel by pixel.
  • Resample enables the software to recalculate and modify pixel dimensions.
  • But the problem with synthetic aperture radar is the pixel size and noisy quality of the data.
  • He also marked whether the pixel represented a fossil site or not.
  • Too bad it had a big dead pixel and the still image quality wasn't so great.
  • Instead, type was built on grid paper, pixel by pixel.
British Dictionary definitions for pixel

pixel

/ˈpɪksəl/
noun
1.
any of a number of very small picture elements that make up a picture, as on a visual display unit
Word Origin
C20: from pix pictures + el(ement)
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Word Origin and History for pixel
n.

1969, coined to describe the photographic elements of a television image, from pix + first syllable of element.

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pixel in Medicine

pixel pix·el (pĭk'səl, -sěl')
n.
The smallest image-forming unit of a video display.

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pixel in Science
pixel
  (pĭk'səl)   

The most basic unit of an image displayed on a computer or television screen or on a printer. Pixels are generally arranged in rows and columns; a given combination among the pixels of various brightness and color values forms an image. ◇ A subpixel is one of three components of a pixel used in the representation of a color image. Each subpixel represents the contribution of a single color—red, green, or blue—to the overall color and brightness of the pixel.

Our Living Language  : The images on a computer screen are composed of tiny dots called pixels (short for picture element). The computer controls each pixel individually. Most monitors have hundreds of thousands, or often millions, of pixels that are lit or dimmed to create an image. Each pixel of a color screen is made out of one red, one blue, and one green subpixel, generally arranged in a triangle, adjusted individually to create the combined effect of a single color but treated as a unit pixel for determining resolution. Pixels vary in size according to the size and resolution of the monitor. Smaller pixels provide higher resolution, and therefore sharper images, but require more memory to store the color and intensity data of each pixel and more processing time to refresh the screen. Resolution is frequently referred to in terms of dpi, or dots per inch.
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pixel in Technology
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Related Abbreviations for pixel

pixel

picture element
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