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 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 But Parappa seemed dated, partially because it wasn't changed from its tube TV-era aspect ratio. Harold Goldberg,, "Classic games, lovingly reimagined in 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'," 13 July 2018 But the pinnacle berg has an aspect ratio like a slice of bread. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "A Time-Lapsed Glacier Collapse Is the Saddest Science Lesson," 9 July 2018 There's barely a second to breathe in between the Halo jumping, the motorcycle crashing, the helicopter ramming, and, in the tedious countdown-clock climax, the frenetic frame-toggling between widescreen 2.39 and IMAX 1.90 aspect ratios. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mission: Impossible — Fallout': What the Critics Are Saying," 12 July 2018 Huawei Mate 10 Pro This impressive smartphone sports premium design, super slick screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, spectacular battery life, and brag-worthy camera specs. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day: insider tips to getting the best deals and avoiding the hype," 9 July 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of aspect ratio

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

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