ali·​as·​ing | \ ˈā-lē-ə-siŋ How to pronounce aliasing (audio) , ˈāl-yə- \

Definition of aliasing

: an error or distortion created in a digital image that usually appears as a jagged outline We commonly observe aliasing on television. This occurs when there is an insufficient magnification produced by the lens of a TV camera focused on periodic structures such as the pattern of pinstripes in an announcer's shirt, bricks in the wall of a house, or seats in an empty stadium.— Douglas B. Murphy, Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and Electronic Imaging, 2001

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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“Aliasing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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