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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Alternatively they may be due to radiations coming from the plant, possibly reflectance on top of the simple ON/OFF pixel count due to area.
▪ The indicator is a scaled pixel count adjusted according to the similar count obtained on viewing a reference card of known area.
▪ Enhancement techniques spread the range of pixel values so that they cover the full dynamic range of the image display system.
▪ A stray pixel in the eternal bit map.
▪ The pixels form an animated image, whether it be a flight through the cosmos or fighter jets thundering across the sky.
▪ The lines and curves that make up printed characters are typically only a few pixels wide to start with.
▪ The short code would then be decompressed just before display to produce the appropriate number of blue pixels to represent the sky.
▪ This is the pixel format in which remotely-sensed images are stored.
▪ This status window shows the currently selected brush type and its width in pixels together with the selected Ink and Paper colours.
▪ This way, though there are not many pixels making up the image, they are at least small.
▪ You can envision graphic sound charging around like square pixels on a vintage Atari video game.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1969, coined to describe the photographic elements of a television image, from pix + first syllable of element.


n. One of the tiny dots that make up the representation of an image in a computer's memory.


n. (computer science) the smallest discrete component of an image or picture on a CRT screen (usually a colored dot); "the greater the number of pixels per inch the greater the resolution" [syn: pel, picture element]


In digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element in an all points addressable display device; so it is the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen. The address of a pixel corresponds to its physical coordinates. LCD pixels are manufactured in a two-dimensional grid, and are often represented using dots or squares, but CRT pixels correspond to their timing mechanisms and sweep rates.

Each pixel is a sample of an original image; more samples typically provide more accurate representations of the original. The intensity of each pixel is variable. In color image systems, a color is typically represented by three or four component intensities such as red, green, and blue, or cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.

In some contexts (such as descriptions of camera sensors), the term pixel is used to refer to a single scalar element of a multi-component representation (more precisely called a photosite in the camera sensor context, although the neologism sensel is sometimes used to describe the elements of a digital camera's sensor), while in others the term may refer to the entire set of such component intensities for a spatial position. In color systems that use chroma subsampling, the multi-component concept of a pixel can become difficult to apply, since the intensity measures for the different color components correspond to different spatial areas in such a representation.

The word pixel is based on a contraction of pix (from word "pictures", where it is shortened to "pics", and "cs" in "pics" sounds like "x") and el (for "element"); similar formations with el  for "element" include the words voxel, texel and maxel (for magnetic pixel).

Pixel (webcomic)

Pixel is a webcomic written by Chris Dlugosz, first published on June 14, 2002. It is set in the aptly named "pixel universe", inhabited by pixels, voxels, vectors, plasmas (a satire on the plasma screens used by Apple computers), and polygons. The comic is known for its very literal sense of humor, and its constant breaks of the fourth wall. The text of the comic is written entirely in upper case with very little punctuation other than the occasional hyphen or exclamation point. Each comic comes with a short note, usually split into three lines at seemingly arbitrary points. These are also written in capitals with no punctuation, and usually explain or expand upon the strip.

Material from Pixel is included in Attitude 3: The New Subversive Online Cartoonists.

Pixel (disambiguation)

A pixel is the base element of a digital image in computer graphics.

Pixel may also refer to:

Pixel (band)

Pixel (established 2011 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian experimental jazz band.

Usage examples of "pixel".

I reached out, and my fingers passed through her arm: her flesh, crumbling into cuboid pixels, had the texture of dead leaves.

She swung the TV set around now, lay down on the sofa, undid her shirt, unzipped her pants, and was set to go when all at once what should occur for her but the primal Tubefreek miracle, in the form of a brisk manly knock at the screen door in the kitchen, and there outside on the landing, through the screen, broken up into little dots like pixels of a video image, only squarer, was this large, handsome U.

People had tried interpreting the data beyond the pixel array as a Swiftian genome, but Yatima doubted that even the quirkiest old SETI software would have attempted anything as absurd as a reading based on the DNA code.

A triangular object, maybe ten, fifteen meters across-only a tiny white spot on the photos, a few pixels across at best.

Rydell had liked most was where you just went in and sort of sculpted things out of nothing, out of that cloud of pixels or polygons or whatever they were, and you could see what other people were doing at the same time, and maybe even put your stuff together with theirs, if you both wanted to.

He punched the Enter key and waited as the pixels slowly revealed a computer-aged version of Jesse Keys.

He flipped the VDU to sight seen, and watched the pixels dance in the search for more information.

Enveloped it The comet shattered with such violence, the pixels on the monitor screen exploded into white glare.

So close that, except for the slight unavoidable glitter when the sequin-like pixels caught some stray light, Apara literally disappeared into the background.

The spheres and contour lines imploded in sparkles of pixels, exposing the native panorama of the convective cavern, a complex, ghostly overlay of flux tubes, p-modes and convection cells.

Remember, the computer digitizes the image into a two-hundred-fifty-six by two-hundred-fifty-six grid of pixel points with gray values between zero and two hundred.

The X3 broke down the picture into individual pixels, then using an artificial intelligence program, compared each to the pixels surrounding it, and either sharpened, or flattened, the image.

If this is a cathode-ray tube type of screen, we have a little timing problem here in that the electron beam is currently at the right edge of the screen and now it's being asked to draw a pixel at the left edge.

Sea spray drenched him, spotting the screen with droplets of salt water, each acting like a small convex lens, magnifying the pixel lattice that shone beneath them.

Like a computer diagram with the pixels being added in sequence to develop image, the cranial cavity of Bjorn Rolvaag began appearing as a rotating three dimensional laser hologram.