American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See mailbox.
- n. A format for presenting movies on television that maintains the rectangular theater image on a television screen by reducing the overall image until the full width can be seen, resulting in blank space above and below the image.
- v. To produce or present (film) in a letterbox format.
- adj. film Transferred to home video formats while preserving the original aspect ratio, having black bars above and below the picture area.
- n. a mailbox
- v. film To transfer a widescreen motion picture to home video formats while preserving the original aspect ratio, with the placing of black bars above and below the picture area.
“Not like this man, when I'm drunk and they forgot to bring me the commercial mail, but when I'm tired and the mailman has indeed graced me with a load of advertisements while my letterbox is clearly marked with a large sticker that says:”
“To within a few millimetres, human brains share a reading hotspot - what Stanislas Dehaene calls the "letterbox" - on the bottom of the left hemisphere.”
“His most recent leaflet through my letterbox was the most patronising I've ever received, incidentally.”
“His occasional glossy colour leaflet coming through my letterbox is the signal for me to get the Zippo out.”
“Taking a cue from Corrente, I'm going to make it an early night; The Magnificent Seven is on TCM, and I'm a sucker for a good western, especially if it's shown in letterbox.”
“This lack of paper in my letterbox is a source of great sadness to me.”
“Just like the Philips 21: 9 LCD TV we've reviewed previously, the TW2900 can be adapted to watch Cinemascope-size movies (also called letterbox or anamorphic 2.35: 1) via a special anamorphic wide mode, though for that you will need to buy a third party anamorphic lens.”
“To within a few millimetres, human brains share a reading hotspot - what Stanislas Dehaene calls the "letterbox" - on the bottom of the left hemisphere. ”
“At the moment, official contact in adoption is most often made through the "letterbox" process.”
“That means the movie is projected in a "letterbox" format, effectively cutting off a third of the film at top and bottom.”
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