raster

noun
ras·​ter | \ ˈra-stər How to pronounce raster (audio) \

Definition of raster

: a scan pattern (as of the electron beam in a cathode-ray tube) in which an area is scanned from side to side in lines from top to bottom also : a pattern of closely spaced rows of dots that form an image (as on the cathode-ray tube of a television or computer display)

Examples of raster in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From mobile to desktop, vector map to raster, your stakeholders need a consistent map. Khaled Naim, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021 Essentially, in rasterization, the camera represents a raster pixel grid (hence, rasterization). Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 20 Aug. 2018 Essentially, in rasterization, the camera represents a raster pixel grid (hence, rasterization). Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 20 Aug. 2018 The app also lets artists draw with vector and raster brushes, combining the features of the Adobe Illustrator Draw and Photoshop Sketch iPad apps. Dami Lee, The Verge, 17 June 2019 In a raster scan, the image is built up sequentially from top left to bottom right. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 4 Sep. 2018 Essentially, in rasterization, the camera represents a raster pixel grid (hence, rasterization). Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 20 Aug. 2018 Essentially, in rasterization, the camera represents a raster pixel grid (hence, rasterization). Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 20 Aug. 2018 Essentially, in rasterization, the camera represents a raster pixel grid (hence, rasterization). Peter Bright, Ars Technica, 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of raster

1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raster

borrowed from German Raster, originally, "screen used for printing halftones," borrowed from Latin *rāster (presumed singular of rāstrī), rāstrum "hoe with two to six tines," from rādere "to scrape, scratch, pare away, shave" + -trum, suffix of instruments (going back to Indo-European *-tro-) — more at rase

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18 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Raster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raster. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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