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

Word History


poster entry 2 + -ize

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of posterization was in 1950

Dictionary Entries Near posterization

Cite this Entry

“Posterization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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