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[pik-suh-ley-shuh n]
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  1. the state or quality of being pixilated.
  2. Movies. animation of people, where performers change their positions slightly between exposures of one or two frames each, to obtain a comic effect of jerky movement when the film is projected at normal speed.

Origin of pixilation

1945–50; (in def 1) pixilate + -ion; (in def 2) pixil(ated) + (anim)ation
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Word Origin and History for pixilation


"creation of the effect of animation in live actors," 1947, from pixilated. Also cf. pixelation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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