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letterbox

[let-er-boks] /ˈlɛt ərˌbɒks/
noun
1.
Also, letter box. Chiefly British. a public or private mailbox.
2.
a technique for displaying a wide-screen film on a regular-format television screen by reducing its size but retaining the aspect ratio, with black bands filling the screen above and below the picture.
Compare pan and scan.
Origin of letterbox
1765-1775
1765-75
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letterbox

verb

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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