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 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 Some truly iconic films used Vistavision’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio, including Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Vertigo. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "Quibi is the next step in vertical video’s inevitable rise," 7 Apr. 2020 The higher screen-to-body ratio is great to see, but HP is still using a panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Spectre x360 13 review: A high-end two-in-one that’s hard to beat," 13 Jan. 2020 OnLeaks One thing that might help, however, is the aspect ratio. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S20 preview: This one goes past 11 with more screen, more cameras, more everything," 22 Jan. 2020 The final display on the ThinkPad X1 Fold is a 13.3-inch, 2048×1536, pOLED panel with a 4×3 aspect ratio that Lenovo partnered with LG to include on the device. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo enters the foldable PC space with new ThinkPad X1 Fold," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of aspect ratio

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Aspect ratio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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