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 The 4a features a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, which adds length to the display. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The $349 Pixel 4a shines with a sharp display, smooth performance and an impressive camera," 3 Aug. 2020 For these flashbacks, Lee shifts the borders of the widescreen action to the narrower, nearly square, traditional Hollywood (and TV) aspect ratio. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” Reviewed: Vietnam and the Never-Ending War of Being Black in America," 13 June 2020 The crackling, vibrant visuals would play beautifully on a huge screen, shifting film stocks and aspect ratios as the story moves backwards and forward in time. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Da 5 Bloods Is the Most Ambitious Film Spike Lee Has Ever Made," 12 June 2020 But when watching video from, for example, your favorite streaming app, the iPad will take advantage of the entire monitor, providing you with a proper 16:9 aspect ratio and viewing experience. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Yes, Your iPad Can Replace Your Desktop or Laptop. Here Are 5 Things to Know First," 28 May 2020 And though the content was filmed with a vertical aspect ratio in mind, the horizontal view is still better across the board. USA TODAY, "Is new short-form streaming service Quibi worth it? Short answer: No.," 6 Apr. 2020 After all, aspect ratios have changed a lot through the history of entertainment. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "Quibi is the next step in vertical video’s inevitable rise," 7 Apr. 2020 With a 16:10 aspect ratio, 1920 x 1200 resolution, and 60Hz refresh rate, the display offers great performance at a price hundreds of bucks lower than many other productivity picks. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Work From Home Gear Keeping Us Productive," 6 Apr. 2020 Many episodes were presented in an aspect ratio that critics said ruined some of the show's visual gags. Ryan Faughnder,, "Don’t have a cow, ‘Simpsons’ fans. Disney+ will offer ‘original’ aspect ratios in early 2020," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of aspect ratio

1907, in the meaning defined above

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10 Aug 2020

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“Aspect ratio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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