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

Examples of pixelated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The poker table is flat and pixelated, surrounded by avatars—hard-to-make-out photos uploaded by the users to represent their virtual selves. Maria Konnikova, The Atlantic, "How I Became a Poker Champion in One Year," 23 June 2020 Some are more pixelated than others, depending on the quality of their Wi-Fi; Elena is sort of smudged and moves in jerks. Anne Fadiman, Wired, "Screen Share: A College Teacher’s Zoom Journal," 17 June 2020 Garcia kept talking out of turn, his mouth moving in the pixelated video. Thalia Beaty, ProPublica, "Somebody’s Gotta Help Me”," 16 June 2020 Its creative mode allows players, who are represented as stocky, pixelated avatars, to roam landscapes, manipulate terrains, and construct fantastical structures using an infinite number of multicolored blocks. Pia Ceres, Wired, "Will the Class of 2020 Please Line Up on the Minecraft Stage?," 11 May 2020 In the past, zooming in with digital cameras was practically taboo because the image would inevitably become very pixelated, and the slightest hand movement would create blur. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "The Reason Your Photos Are About to Get a Lot Better," 15 Oct. 2019 The graphic simplicity of the Arabic alphabet means that it can be made to look like almost anything, from a rearing horse to a pixelated television screen. New York Times, "18 Art Exhibitions (and 1 Architectural Wonder) in N.Y.C. Right Now," 12 Mar. 2020 Except instead of kicking balls or waving bats, these athletes are throwing virtual fireballs and taking down pixelated terrorists. Ben Westcott, CNN, "They train 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, chasing million-dollar paydays. Meet China's new breed of e-sports athletes," 30 Dec. 2019 Some people would say the same of Salesforce Tower’s rounded peak, with its pixelated imagery that sometimes resembles a slow-motion lava lamp. John King, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s skyline has a holiday glow. It’s a global thing," 26 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of pixelated was in 1982

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30 Jun 2020

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“Pixelated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pixelated. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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