[ ras-ter ]
/ ˈræs tər /
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Television. a pattern of scanning lines covering the area upon which the image is projected in the cathode-ray tube or liquid crystal display of a television set or other screen.
Digital Technology. a set of horizontal lines composed of individual pixels, used to form an image on a screen or in matrix printing.



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Origin of raster

First recorded in 1950–55; from German, from Latin rāstrum “toothed hoe, rake,” derivative of rādere “to scratch, scrape”
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British Dictionary definitions for raster

/ (ˈræstə) /


a pattern of horizontal scanning lines traced by an electron beam, esp on a television screen


to use web-based technology to turn a digital image into a large picture composed of a grid of black and white dots
C20: via German from Latin: rake, from rādere to scrape
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