aspect ratio


Definition of aspect ratio

: a ratio of one dimension to another: such as
a : the ratio of span to mean chord of an airfoil
b : the ratio of the width of a television or motion-picture image to its height

Examples of aspect ratio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To be honest, the complaints about the aspect ratio mostly just seems overblown to me. Mark Hughes, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021 All of that hardware powers a gorgeous 3,000 x 2,000 display in the 3:2 aspect ratio, which is great for browsing vertical webpages, reading lengthy documents, and for opening up additional tracks in audio and video editing. Jon Martindale, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 The scenes have been specially formatted to show up to 26% more of the image on the screen at a 1.90:1 aspect ratio. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 14 June 2021 The lab found that by mirroring or rotating an image; changing the aspect ratio of an image, such as by stretching the image to be wider or taller; or blurring a photo can effectively help an image escape WeChat’s censorship algorithm. Jane Li, Quartz, 26 May 2021 Ansari, who directed all five episodes and co-wrote them with Waithe, shifts the show’s aspect ratio to tighten its frame, as if the walls around his characters are closing in. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 26 May 2021 On the outside is a 6.5-inch display, in an unusually tall/narrow aspect ratio of 27:9. Ben Sin, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 This is a movie that makes a tight aspect ratio feel like a noose around its main character’s neck. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 Either way, according to the Nikkei report, the goal is to create a device that folds out into a screen that is friendlier to the layout of existing apps, in a 16:9 or 18.9 aspect ratio. Dwight Silverman, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of aspect ratio

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aspect ratio was in 1907

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“Aspect ratio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aspect ratio

technical : a number that compares the width and height of a movie or television picture


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