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verb (used with object)
in computer graphics and digital photography, to cause (an image) to break up into pixels, as by overenlarging the image:
When enlarging a photograph, first increase the resolution to avoid pixelating it.
to blur (parts of a digital image) by creating unclear, pixel-like patches, for purposes of censorship or to maintain the anonymity of the subject:
Police have asked the media to pixelate the faces of the men who were taken into custody.
verb (used without object)
(of a computer graphic or other digital image) to break up into visible pixels:
We tried to watch the old, scratched DVD, but the image pixelated before our eyes.
/ˌpɪk sə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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British Dictionary definitions for
to blur (a video image) by overlaying it with a grid of squares, usually to disguise the identity of a person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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