Definition of widescreen in English:



  • 1[usually as modifier] A movie or television screen presenting a wide field of vision in relation to its height.

    ‘a widescreen TV’
    ‘the movie makes good use of the widescreen format’
    • ‘A final flaw is that this widescreen transfer isn't centered on the screen, leaving too much room on the top.’
    • ‘I bought it for the widescreen capability, so I could watch big wide movies as they were meant to be seen.’
    • ‘There are some people out there, none of them Imprint readers I'm sure, who actually believe that widescreen movies have the top and bottom cut off.’
    • ‘The housekeeping body, which decided it was okay to blow more than £20,000 on widescreen televisions for MSPs' offices, has blocked some of the more interesting channels.’
    • ‘Another thing is that 1280x1024 is a terrible resolution choice for a widescreen movie.’
    • ‘Indoors there is, or was, a fabulous curved screen perfect for widescreen epics.’
    • ‘Columbia puts forth a decent effort in the visual department, giving the movie a widescreen treatment.’
    • ‘Unless your TV is small enough to pick up with one hand, widescreen movies shouldn't be a problem.’
    • ‘This time around, consumer electronic giants Panasonic, Thomson and Pioneer have put money in the satellite project as they hope to sell more widescreen screens.’
    • ‘With the advent of excellent home surround sound systems and bigger widescreen TVs, the experience of viewing a movie at home is becoming closer than ever to that of seeing it in a theater.’
    • ‘How could anyone turn down a £99 extended warranty on a £279.99 Grundig widescreen television?’
    • ‘I am glad to get this movie in a widescreen edition: any type of pan and scan would not have done the visuals justice.’
    • ‘Originally, they provided the movie in a fuzzy anamorphic widescreen disc with only a trailer.’
    • ‘Though the casing claims Close to Jesus is in full-screen, all four movies feature a widescreen presentation.’
    • ‘Sony's latest camcorder applies the same benefits to creating home movies, allowing you to record and play back widescreen digital video on miniature DVD-R and DVD-RW discs.’
    • ‘If you want to have your hair braided, trade in your old paperbacks, check your email, and watch widescreen movies with copious supplies of beer and banana pancakes to hand, then come to Khao San Road.’
    • ‘Visually, the movie is offered in either a full screen or non-anamorphic widescreen version.’
    • ‘Having a manicure and pedicure in a salon, having my hair highlighted and owning a 28 inch flat widescreen television.’
    • ‘The introduction of every new DVD and widescreen television eats into our living space, adds another bulky remote console and takes another series of wires across our rooms.’
    • ‘Its high-resolution 17-inch widescreen display is perfect for movies, music, games, and editing your own digital photography.’
    1. 1.1A film format presenting a wide field of vision in relation to height.
      ‘I filmed in widescreen’
      • ‘It is impossible to tell if this film is in anamorphic widescreen or not.’
      • ‘The film is presented in widescreen, and is for the most part riddled with scratches and dirt.’
      • ‘Not only is the film in anamorphic widescreen, but the transfer looks fantastic.’
      • ‘The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a perfectly serviceable transfer.’
      • ‘He filmed in Technicolor and widescreen for the only time in his career.’
      • ‘Regardless, whether it was filmed in widescreen or not, the quality of the picture is undeniable.’
      • ‘There is an option to view the film in either widescreen or full.’
      • ‘Concerts really fare better in widescreen, just like films.’
      • ‘However, we do get the option of viewing the film in widescreen or full frame.’
      • ‘It was famously said that widescreen was only good for filming a train or a snake.’
      • ‘The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen and while the transfer itself is solid enough the print used as a source does carry some dirt and, in one very noticeable instance, some scratching.’
      • ‘Finally there is a theatrical trailer for the film presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.’
      • ‘The episodes were apparently all shot in a widescreen format, and they are presented in anamorphic widescreen here.’
      • ‘The main problem in the footage revolved around the fact that I filmed in widescreen.’
      • ‘The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen, which does betray the digital source of the film to some extent.’
      • ‘New films are colour and widescreen, so that is what the public wants.’
      • ‘Unlike most cut sequences, these are presented in anamorphic widescreen and look just as good as the final film's transfer.’
      • ‘The only other extra supplement included on this disc is a theatrical trailer for the film presented in anamorphic widescreen.’
      • ‘Do yourself a favor and at the very least rent this film - preferably in widescreen.’
      • ‘The picture quality is clear and bright, but only four of the videos are filmed in widescreen, and none are anamorphic.’