pos·​ter·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌpō-stə-rə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce posterization (audio) \
plural posterizations

Definition of posterization

1a : the obtaining of posterlike reproductions having solid tones or colors and little detail from photographs or other continuous-tone originals by means of separation negatives
b : the visual effect produced when an image (such as a print or photograph) has a limited number of tones or colors rather than gradations of tone and color I noticed posterization (the tendency for sudden shifts in color and shading where they should be gradual) in one drawing.— Tony Hoffman
2 US sports, informal : the act or action of posterizing an opponent The Warriors faithful will never forget 6-foot-3 Baron Davis soaring over the 6-9 Kirilenko for a massive posterization dunk in Golden State's only win.— Jody Genessy

First Known Use of posterization

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for posterization

poster entry 2 + -ize

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“Posterization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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