Part of the Multimedia and graphics glossary:

To render (a verb, pronounced REHN-dir , from the medieval French rendre meaning "to give back or yield") has a number of usages along the lines of forming something out of something else originally given. A jury renders a verdict given evidence and the rules of law. Animal fat can be rendered into lard. Out of loyalty to the king, a service is rendered. An artist can render an idea in the mind into a drawing on paper. A translator renders one language into another.

In computer graphics technology, computer software can be used to render special 3-D effects given the right programming statements. A computer display system renders an image that is sent to it in the form of a bitmap or streaming image.

A rendering (noun) is a term sometimes used to describe a drawing, sketch, plan, or other artistic or engineered effort to depict or portray something on paper or in another medium.

This was last updated in April 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • Video as a Service (VaaS)

    - Video as a Service (VaaS) is a delivery model where video conferencing capabilities are outsourced to a managed service provider and delivered over an IP network. (SearchUnifiedCommunications.com)

  • Slingshot

    - Slingshot is Facebook's photograph sharing smartphone application, developed to compete with services like Snapchat and Instagram. Slingshot is available for iOS and Android. The app is modeled on... (WhatIs.com)

  • raster graphics

    - Raster graphics are digital images created or captured (for example, by scanning in a photo) as a set of samples of a given space. (WhatIs.com)

Glossaries

  • Multimedia and graphics

    - Terms related to multimedia, including graphics, animation and video definitions and words and phrases about images and sound.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question. Find an Answer.Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Ask An IT Question

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Ask Question

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.