macroblock

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macro- +‎ block

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macroblock (plural macroblocks)

  1. (signal processing, video compression) A block of adjacent pixels, typically a rectangular 16×16 block
  2. (archaeology) An area of a dig where there are multiple adjacent block excavations
    • 2003, David L. Carlson, “Figuring Out "What Happened in the Middle Archaic?"”, in Theory, Method, and Practice in Modern Archaeology[1], ISBN 089789748X, page 78:
      In 1975 the macroblock area was stepped back so that a smaller block excavation could extend below Horizon 8.

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