[ pik-suh-leyt ]
/ ˈpɪk səˌleɪt /
verb (used with object), pix·el·at·ed, pix·el·at·ing.
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), pix·el·at·ed, pix·el·at·ing.
(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.
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Also especially British, pix·el·late . Sometimes pix·i·late .
OTHER WORDS FROM pixelatepix·el·a·tion, pix·el·i·za·tion [pik-suh-luh-zey-shuhn], /ˌpɪk sə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/, especially British, pix·el·la·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for pixelate
There have been no broadcast TV images of the dead from the downed plane, and still pictures have been pixelated.
In newspapers, the images of bodies were pixelated; yes, in other places online, you could see more-graphic images.
British Dictionary definitions for pixelate
/ (ˈpɪksɪˌleɪt) /
to blur (a video image) by overlaying it with a grid of squares, usually to disguise the identity of a person
Derived forms of pixelatepixelation or pixellation, noun
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