pix·​e·​lat·​ed | \ ˈpik-sə-ˌlā-təd How to pronounce pixelated (audio) \

Definition of pixelated

of an image
: displayed in such a manner that individual pixels are discernible

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Whereas previous mini consoles focused on the pixelated worlds of Mario and Mega Man, Sony’s offering explores a very different time. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "PlayStation Classic review: a journey through the exciting, awkward days of early 3D games," 27 Nov. 2018 On the title screen, a pixelated moon hangs white and singular behind the rigging of the ship, its light shimmering on the water of an impossibly dark sea. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 The installation is made from more than 120 pieces of fabric that hang in layers to create a pixelated effect. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Stunning art installation fills 400-year-old Greek ruin with colorful ‘pixels’," 27 July 2018 What's exists so far feels like an early side-scrolling shooter mixed with a Super Mario Brothers title—albeit with a pixelated cat that shoots laser beams out of its eyes instead of a shapeshifting Italian plumber. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Animals / News / Technology / The Internet Famous feline Lil' Bub gets her own video game—built by Chicago's Logan Arcade," 23 May 2018 Those small, pixelated 12-by-12 grid images only bear a passing resemblance to today’s far more detailed emoji, but there’s a clear line that can be drawn between Kurita’s early work and the thousands of emoji characters on our phones. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Emoji is the latest book from the Standards Manual design duo," 30 Apr. 2018 On Monday evening, as the Dodgers protected a three-run lead, the pixelated digits carried more weight than usual. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Diamondbacks get three runs off Jansen, two in 15th for double comeback win," 3 Apr. 2018 There’s a flicker onscreen whenever López connects, then a blur of pixelated color as his face comes into view. Wil S. Hylton, New York Times, "Can Venezuela Be Saved?," 1 Mar. 2018 The volunteer uniforms are baggy gray jackets, trimmed with a bright-red, pixelated compilation of the Korean alphabet, Hangul. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pixelated

1982, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pixelated

pixel + -ated (after pixilated)

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English Language Learners Definition of pixelated

of an image on a computer or television screen : made up of a small number of large pixels that produce a picture which is not clear or sharp

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