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

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The films, including The Wizard of Oz and Steel Magnolias, will be shown in their original aspect ratio, giving you an unforgettable experience. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The TCM Big Screen Classics Schedule for 2019 Is Here," 9 Jan. 2019 Both phones have 6-inch 2160 x 1080 LCD screens with 18:9 aspect ratios, 1.4GHz processors, 4,000mAh batteries, and 32GB of storage. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "ZTE’s new budget phones are unlocked, and one of them works on Verizon," 31 Oct. 2018 Similarity extends to the screen, too: the 12-inch AMOLED display uses the same 3:2 aspect ratio as Microsoft does, with a resolution of 2160×1440. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Samsung launches Snapdragon 850-powered Windows 2-in-1," 18 Oct. 2018 In Homecoming, this is especially apparent in his method of distinguishing between the show’s timelines, which borrows from other time-traveling dramas (the recent Korean TV series Signal comes to mind) by switching aspect ratios. Karen Han, Vox, "Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, is simpler than it appears — and a pleasure to watch," 2 Nov. 2018 The display is a 6.28-inch 2280×1080 Samsung AMOLED with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with the OnePlus 6: An all-glass, notched smartphone for $529," 16 May 2018 The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 appears to have thinner bezels, leaving space for a longer display that might have a different aspect ratio than the Tab S3’s 4:3. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "This is what Samsung’s next tablet might look like," 2 July 2018 This Karlovy Vary world premiere should find a berth at other nonfiction and general film showcases before segueing quite comfortably to the small screen, where its boxy aspect ratio will look most at home. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Swing' ('Al Marjouha'): Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 12 July 2018 Primarily, the phone features a 6-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Sony announces its Xperia XA2 Plus, a phone to ‘entertain’," 11 July 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aspect ratio was in 1907

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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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