- 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.
- (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.
Also especially British, pix·el·late.Sometimes pix·i·late.
Origin of pixelate
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Examples from the Web for pixelated
It has faded from pixelated gray to rusted ochre, fringed on the edges with black sweat grease.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
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.
- to blur (a video image) by overlaying it with a grid of squares, usually to disguise the identity of a person