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 Inspiron 16 Plus is one of the new Inspiron generation’s highlights, featuring a larger screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Chris Smith, BGR, "Dell’s XPS 13 will finally give you the option to add an OLED display," 13 Apr. 2021 Announced Tuesday, the OLED is the fanciest of four screen options Dell will offer for the XPS 13, all of them in the same taller and more useful 16:10 aspect ratio. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Dell's XPS 13 9310 just got a mesmerizing upgrade," 13 Apr. 2021 In other words, forcing the aspect ratio to 16:9 would ruin the Snyder Cut and turn it into something else. Chris Smith, BGR, "No, your TV isn’t broken – ‘Snyder Cut’ leaves some fans confused," 18 Mar. 2021 Unique 21-inch alloy wheels will be standard, a first for the Vantage, with Pirelli P Zero tires with a rubber-band 30 aspect ratio at the rear. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Martin Vantage F1 Road Car Celebrates a New Formula 1 Role," 21 Mar. 2021 And by using a 3:2 aspect ratio, HP manages to squeeze the display into a design that’s less wide than the M1 MacBook Pro despite the latter’s smaller display (see image at bottom). Brooke Crothers, Forbes, "The HP Spectre X360 14 Is One Of The Best Laptops On The Planet: Here’s Why," 21 Mar. 2021 This cut is in a square-ish aspect ratio, a visual leap from the widescreen theatrical edition. Darren Franich,, "Zack Snyder's Justice League is just as bad and twice as long: Review," 15 Mar. 2021 The doorbell gives you a 180-degree field-of-view and records in a 1:1 square aspect ratio, giving you a head-to-toe image of who’s at your door. Camryn Rabideau, USA TODAY, "18 products we’ve tested—and loved—to buy on Amazon," 27 Feb. 2021 As their name suggests, ultrawide displays usually have a 21:9 aspect ratio (compared to 16:9 for a traditional display), giving you lots of horizontal screen space for doing heavy multitasking. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, "You should be using two monitors — here’s how to get started," 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of aspect ratio

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of aspect ratio was in 1907

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25 Apr 2021

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“Aspect ratio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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