high-definition

adjective

high-def·​i·​ni·​tion ˈhī-ˌde-fə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce high-definition (audio)
: being or relating to an often digital television system that has either 720 or 1080 scan lines per frame and a wide-screen format
high definition noun
a program broadcast in high definition

Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-definition was in 1981

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“High-definition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-definition. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

high-definition

adjective
: relating to or being a television with a more detailed and sharper picture than usual
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