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pan and scan

noun, Informal.
1.
a technique for changing the aspect ratio of a wide-screen film, usually by selecting the significant section of a screen shot and cropping the sides, so that it can be transmitted for regular-format television.
Compare letterbox.
Related forms
pan-and-scan, adjective
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