adjective \ˈgra-fik\

: shown or described in a very clear way

: relating to the artistic use of pictures, shapes, and words especially in books and magazines

Full Definition of GRAPHIC

a :  of or relating to the pictorial arts; also :  pictorial
b :  of, relating to, or involving such reproductive methods as those of engraving, etching, lithography, photography, serigraphy, and woodcut
c :  of or relating to the art of printing
d :  relating or according to graphics
:  formed by writing, drawing, or engraving
usually graphic
a :  marked by clear lifelike or vividly realistic description
b :  vividly or plainly shown or described <a graphic sex scene>
usually graphical :  of, relating to, or represented by a graph
:  of or relating to the written or printed word or the symbols or devices used in writing or printing to represent sound or convey meaning
graph·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
graph·ic·ness \-fik-nəs\ noun

Variants of GRAPHIC

graph·ic also graph·i·cal \-fi-kəl\

Examples of GRAPHIC

  1. <the report offered many graphic details about the devastating earthquake that rocked the area>
  2. <got a degree in graphic design>

Origin of GRAPHIC

Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein
First Known Use: 1637

Synonym Discussion of GRAPHIC

graphic, vivid, picturesque mean giving a clear visual impression in words. graphic stresses the evoking of a clear lifelike picture <a graphic account of combat>. vivid suggests an impressing on the mind of the vigorous aliveness of something <a vivid re-creation of an exciting event>. picturesque suggests the presentation of a striking or effective picture composed of features notable for their distinctness and charm <a picturesque account of his travels>.

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Rhymes with GRAPHIC



graphics : pictures or images on the screen of a computer, television, etc.

: a picture, drawing, or graph used as a decoration or to make something (such as magazine article) easier to understand

Full Definition of GRAPHIC

a :  a product of graphic art
b plural :  the graphic media
a :  a graphic representation (as a picture, map, or graph) used especially for illustration
b :  a pictorial image displayed on a computer screen <the program's graphics are impressive>
c plural but sing or plural in constr :  the art or science of drawing a representation of an object on a two-dimensional surface according to mathematical rules of projection
plural but sing or plural in constr :  the process whereby a computer displays graphics
:  a printed message superimposed on a television picture

Examples of GRAPHIC

  1. She illustrated her talk with a graphic showing state population growth.
  2. <the use of graphics in the text of the dictionary helps to break up the visual monotony of the page>

First Known Use of GRAPHIC


Rhymes with GRAPHIC


Next Word in the Dictionary: -graphic
Previous Word in the Dictionary: -grapher
All Words Near: graphic

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up graphic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More