half·​tone | \ ˈhaf-ˌtōn How to pronounce halftone (audio) , ˈhäf- \

Definition of halftone

2a : any of the shades of gray between the darkest and the lightest parts of a photographic image
b(1) : a photoengraving made from an image photographed through a screen and then etched so that the details of the image are reproduced in dots
(2) : an image (such as one printed on an offset press or laser printer) that renders smooth variations of color in an original by means of dots assigned to areas of the image electronically

Other Words from halftone

halftone adjective

Examples of halftone in a Sentence

using software to lighten the picture's halftones
Recent Examples on the Web There were huge features screened across it in dull black halftone, asymmetrical eyes at breast height, a grim mouth at crotch-level. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 1 Sep. 2017 Technologies used to put out the paper also are highlighted, such as printing presses, halftone plates and stereotypes. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 31 July 2017

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First Known Use of halftone

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Halftone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halftone. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of halftone

: a shade of gray in a photograph
: an image printed by a method that creates many small dots


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