letterbox

Definitions

General English

Electronics

  • A widescreen image which is presented on a TV with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Since the widescreen image has an aspect ratio of 16:9 or greater, in order to see the entire available width, there will be a black band at the top and bottom of the screen. Also called letterbox format.

Media Studies

  • noun a film format for television that shows a wider and shorter picture than usual to allow the complete frame of cinema films to be shown on television
  • noun the appearance of a 4:3 screen on which a 16:9 picture is being shown, with black bars at the top and bottom
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