[pik-suh-ley-shuh n]


the state or quality of being pixilated.
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.

Nearby words

  1. pixel,
  2. pixelate,
  3. pixelation,
  4. pixie,
  5. pixilated,
  6. pixy,
  7. piyyut,
  8. pizaine,
  9. pizarro,
  10. pizarro, francisco

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