pixel

noun pix·el \ ˈpik-səl , -ˌsel \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of pixel

1 : any of the small discrete elements that together constitute an image (as on a television or computer screen)
2 : any of the detecting elements of a charge-coupled device used as an optical sensor

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Origin and Etymology of pixel

pix + element


PIXEL Defined for English Language Learners

pixel

noun

Definition of pixel for English Language Learners

  • : any one of the very small dots that together form the picture on a television screen, computer monitor, etc.


PIXEL Defined for Kids

pixel

noun pix·el \ ˈpik-səl \

Definition of pixel for Students

: any of the small parts that make up an image (as on a computer or television screen)

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