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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Copious demerits to Scary Stories, however, for setting a scene at a drive-in showing Night of the Living Dead (1968) and reformatting that film's 1.37 aspect ratio to a modern-era friendly 1.78. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark': Film Review," 8 Aug. 2019 It was shot entirely on black-and-white 35mm film, with the same square frame and aspect ratio (1.19:1) favored by early pioneering filmmakers like Fritz Lang and G.W. Pabst. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "First trailer for The Lighthouse evokes early films from a bygone age," 30 July 2019 IHS Markit, a market research firm, now claims that Microsoft’s foldable dual-screen Surface will have two 9-inch displays with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s secret dual-screen Surface might run Android apps," 24 June 2019 The increase of width and decrease of diameters changes the aspect ratio of the tire, allowing for more grip with stiffness, Adams says. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Gaining Speed: A History of the Indy 500 Racing Tire," 24 May 2019 Both efforts depart from screenplays by Catherine May Levin and feature 4:3 aspect ratio as preferred visual format. Carlos Aguilar,, "Review: ‘Mad?’ explores a woman’s psych-ward struggle with experimental verve," 20 June 2019 But when a character put the headset on and entered another character’s consciousness, the aspect ratio widen to 70mm and the frame rate would jack up to 60: Everything would seem bigger, crisper, hyperreal. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 The 5-foot by 12-foot screen offers a button that alters its size and aspect ratio. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "An Oscar-Worthy Home Theater in the Family Basement," 16 Jan. 2019 At launch, T-Mobile customers can trade in a wide range of phones — including every previous OnePlus device — to receive $300 off the 6T. The 6T features a 6.41-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2340x1080 (402ppi) and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Chris Welch, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T announced with premium specs and in-display fingerprint reader," 29 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of aspect ratio

1907, in the meaning defined above

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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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