A minute area of illumination on a display screen, one of many from which an image is composed.
1960s: abbreviation of picture element (compare with pix1).
a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd: riots broke out in the capital | [ as modifier ] : riot police.
• an uproar: the film's sex scenes caused a riot in Cannes.
• an outburst of uncontrolled feelings: a riot of emotions raged through Frances.
• archaic uncontrolled revelry; rowdy behavior.
[ in sing. ] an impressively large or varied display of something: the garden was a riot of color.
[ in sing. ] informal a highly amusing or entertaining person or thing: everyone thought she was a riot.
verb [ no obj. ]
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