letterbox

[ let-er-boks ]
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noun
  1. Also letter box .Chiefly British. a public or private mailbox.

  2. Digital Technology, Television. a technique for displaying a wide-screen film or landscape video on a narrower screen by reducing its size but retaining the aspect ratio, with black bands filling the screen above and below the picture (often used attributively):letterbox videos.: Compare pan and scan, pillarbox (def. 1).

verb (used with object)
  1. Digital Technology, Television. to display (a film or video) by using the letterbox technique.

Origin of letterbox

1
First recorded in 1765–75; letter1 + box1

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British Dictionary definitions for letter box

letter box

nounmainly British
    • a slot, usually covered with a hinged flap, through which letters, etc, are delivered to a building

    • a private box into which letters, etc, are delivered

  1. Also called: postbox a public box into which letters, etc, are put for collection and delivery

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