pix·el | \ ˈpik-səl , -ˌsel \

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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The entire game features some fantastic pixel art and adorable animations. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Oh my god, Wargroove is gonna let you play as a dog commander," 7 June 2018 But after etching a handful of traditional pixel-art games for the Sega Genesis, Tessmann began to grow exasperated. Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "Life in (virtual) pit lane: The war stories of video game car design," 28 Apr. 2018 The chip can count the photons hitting each pixel and determine their energy level. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 That’s trillions of pixels raining down daily, which could never be transformed into useful maps without AI algorithms trained to interpret them. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, in the world of pixels, Lil’ Miquela put her own twist on that Prada shirt that Jeff Goldblum and Pusha T each wore that set the internet ablaze. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Lil Miquela Gives Jeff Goldblum a Run for His Money and More," 7 July 2018 By 2000, 10 or fewer meters a pixel was commonplace, and now 0.5 meters (1.5 feet) of resolution is possible. Annette M. Kim, The Atlantic, "Satellite Images Can Harm the Poorest Citizens," 5 June 2018 In addition to having four times the pixels of HDTVs, 4K TVs that handle HDR also deliver improved contrast, richer colors and increased details. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Netflix testing higher-priced 'Ultra' plans," 5 July 2018 Component maker Synaptics figured out how to take a picture of fingers by looking in between the phone’s pixels; Qualcomm created an ultrasonic sensor capable of scanning not only through screens but also metal … and even underwater. Geoffrey Fowler, Philly.com, "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras, and charge over thin air," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of pixel

1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pixel

pix + element

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English Language Learners Definition of pixel

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


pix·el | \ ˈpik-səl \

Kids Definition of pixel

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

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