halftone

noun half·tone \ ˈhaf-ˌtōn , ˈhäf- \

Definition of halftone

1 : half step 2
2 a : 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

halftone

adjective

Examples of halftone in a Sentence

  1. using software to lighten the picture's halftones

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First Known Use of halftone

1651


HALFTONE Defined for English Language Learners

halftone

noun

Definition of halftone for English Language Learners

  • : a shade of gray in a photograph

  • : an image printed by a method that creates many small dots


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