aspect ratio


: a ratio of one dimension to another: such as
: the ratio of span to mean chord of an airfoil
: 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 Smart Conform also bases the crop on your project aspect ratio setting, rather than creating new aspect-ratio versions to taste. PCMAG, 1 May 2024 The company popularized the practice of letterboxing, or presenting a film in its original aspect ratio by adding black bars at the top and bottom of the screen rather than cropping the image to fit a standard television display. Joshua Hunt, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Such old-style trickery is, so to speak, nothing new; for some self-regarding auteurs, twiddling with aspect ratios has become a formalist signature. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2024 Yet this tirelessly inventive filmmaker keeps throwing in different aspect ratios and film stocks, some of which resemble home movies and others that bring to mind old 16mm prints passed around back in the day. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2024 Thankfully, the new aspect ratio of the inner display will also impact on the space available for the cover display, which is now expected to be closer to the standard size expected by many. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 But literally millions of apps are optimized to work with screens of roughly the same size and aspect ratios. Jon Porter, The Verge, 24 Feb. 2024 The Pro display is the usual 120 Hz, 6.7-inch OLED, but the aspect ratio is tweaked a bit to 20:9 (the 7 Pro is 19.5:9). Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 25 Sep. 2023 One of the more nuanced nods is the particularly wide aspect ratio. Nick Romano,, 25 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aspect ratio was in 1907

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“Aspect ratio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

aspect ratio

: a comparison of one dimension (as width) to another (as height)
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