noun \ˈpik-səl, -ˌsel\

: any one of the very small dots that together form the picture on a television screen, computer monitor, etc.

Full Definition of PIXEL

:  any of the small discrete elements that together constitute an image (as on a television or computer screen)
:  any of the detecting elements of a charge-coupled device used as an optical sensor

Origin of PIXEL

pix + element
First Known Use: 1969


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Smallest resolved unit of a video image that has specific luminescence and colour. Its proportions are determined by the number of lines making up the scanning raster (the pattern of dots that form the image) and the resolution along each line. In the most common form of computer graphics, the thousands of tiny pixels that make up an individual image are projected onto a display screen as illuminated dots that from a distance appear as a continuous image. An electron beam creates the grid of pixels by tracing each horizontal line from left to right, one pixel at a time, from the top line to the bottom line. A pixel may also be the smallest element of a light-sensitive device, such as cameras that use charge-coupled devices (see CCD).

Variants of PIXEL

pixel in full picture element


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