pixel

noun
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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One approach tries to solve the problem by starting with the stream of photons and air vibrations that Augie, and all of us, receives—and that reaches the computer as pixels of a digital image and sound samples of an audio recording. Alison Gopnik, Scientific American, "An AI That Knows the World Like Children Do," 1 June 2017 The tool will process the pixels through machine learning to provide more details and also provide relevant search tags. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "How to use Google Lens," 11 May 2018 The best astronomical images of more distant planets like Uranus were only a few blurry pixels wide, and no one knew how many moons or rings were circling them. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Bradford Smith, Who Showed Postcards From Outer Space, Dies at 86," 11 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 though screens but also metal . . . and even underwater. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras and charge over thin air.," 6 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 though screens but also metal ... and even underwater. Geoffrey Fowler, courant.com, "Future Phones: They Fold Like Napkins, Have 9 Cameras, Charge Over Thin Air," 6 July 2018 More importantly, the first 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR monitor—the Acer Predator X27—is scheduled to start shipping tomorrow, on June 1, and no current-gen GPU can push such a pixel-dense display at such blisteringly fast frame rates. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia will discuss its next-gen GPU at Hot Chips," 31 May 2018 Pushing the pixels of a 4K monitor at 60Hz is already difficult enough, so 144Hz will likely seem impossible with today’s hardware. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Guess how much this Asus ROG monitor with 4K, HDR and 144Hz G-Sync will set you back," 24 May 2018 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

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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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pixel

noun

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.

pixel

noun
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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