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[let-er-boks] /ˈlɛt ərˌbɒks/
a technique for displaying a wide-screen film on a regular-format television screen by reducing its size until the entire image is visible, thus retaining the aspect ratio, with black bands filling the borders of the screen above and below the picture.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for letterbox
  • Once you choose a letterbox to find, touch the map to show where the box is located or to get directions to the box.
  • Peer through the letterbox, and in the gloom you see a calendar pinned to the wall.
  • But a bigger reason is that the focus of campaigning has moved from the street to the telephone and the letterbox.
  • For a letterbox cache, there is usually a logbook and rubber stamp.
  • Before nightfall a single flower was dropped into the letterbox of each house to protect it against evil fairies.
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To show a wide-screen movie on the television screen by reducing its size and putting black bars above and below: Today we'll see a wide-format, letterboxed edition, which is rarely telecast/ ''letterboxing,'' which retains theatrical images on a rectangular shape (1990s+ Television)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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