pixelate

pixelate

[pik-suh-leyt]
verb (used with object), pixelated, pixelating.
1.
in computer graphics and digital photography, to cause (an image) to break up into pixels, as by overenlarging the image: When enlarging a photograph, first increase the resolution to avoid pixelating it.
2.
to blur (parts of a digital image) by creating unclear, pixel-like patches, for purposes of censorship or to maintain the anonymity of the subject: Police have asked the media to pixelate the faces of the men who were taken into custody.
verb (used without object), pixelated, pixelating.
3.
(of a computer graphic or other digital image) to break up into visible pixels: We tried to watch the old, scratched DVD, but the image pixelated before our eyes.
Also, especially British, pixellate.
Sometimes, pixilate.


Origin:
pixel + -ate1

pixelation, pixelization [pik-suh-luh-zey-shuhn] . especially British, pixellation, noun
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