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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a widescreen television
▪ Widescreen televisions are getting more popular, especially in home cinema systems.

a. 1 (context film English) Filmed in a greater aspect ratio than the 1.33:1 or 1.37:1 aspect ratio. 2 (context of a motion picture English) Presented in the original aspect ratio; presented in letterbox orientation. n. A screen with a wider aspect ratio than the ordinary 35-millimeter frame, making more effective use of the human field of view and producing a more immersive view experience.


Widescreen images are a variety of aspect ratios used in film, television and computer screens. In film, a widescreen film is any film image with a width-to-height aspect ratio greater than the standard 1.37:1 Academy aspect ratio provided by 35 mm film.

For television, the original screen ratio for broadcasts was 4:3 (1.33:1). Late in the first decade of the 2000s, 16:9 (1.78:1) TV displays came into wide use. They are typically used in conjunction with high-definition television (HDTV) receivers, or Standard-Definition (SD) DVD players and other digital television sources.

With computer displays, aspect ratios wider than 4:3 are also called widescreen. Widescreen computer displays were previously of 16:10 aspect ratio, now usually 16:9.

Usage examples of "widescreen".

They'd make their own marks in the world, and they'd do it widescreen, big time, and Broadway style.

The widescreen monitor at the front of the section showed them a forward view and avionics data.

A fifty-two-inch widescreen TV was pushed against one wall, sitting on a black furry rug in front of a white furry couch.

When a child is hurting, a widescreen TV never bakes her cookies-and it sure doesn't listen to or care about her problems.