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adjective graph·ic \ˈgra-fik\

Simple Definition of graphic

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  formed by writing, drawing, or engraving

  3. 3 usually graphic a :  marked by clear lifelike or vividly realistic description b :  vividly or plainly shown or described <a graphic sex scene>

  4. 4 usually graphical :  of, relating to, or represented by a graph

  5. 5 :  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 play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
graph·ic·ness play \-fik-nəs\ noun

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>

Variants of graphic

also graph·i·cal play \-fi-kəl\

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

Rhymes with graphic



noun graph·ic

Simple Definition of 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

  1. 1 a :  a product of graphic art b plural :  the graphic media

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 plural but sing or plural in constr :  the process whereby a computer displays graphics

  4. 4 :  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



adjective combining form graph·ic

Definition of -graphic

  1. :  written or transmitted in a (specified) way <stylographic> <telegraphic>

Variants of -graphic

or -graphical

Origin of -graphic

Late Latin -graphicus, from Greek -graphikos, from graphikos

GRAPHIC Defined for Kids



adjective graph·ic \ˈgra-fik\

Definition of graphic

  1. 1 :  being written, drawn, printed, or engraved <A map is a graphic representation of an area's geography.>

  2. 2 :  described in very clear detail <She gave a graphic account of an accident.>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to the pictorial arts or to printing



noun graph·ic

Definition of graphic

  1. 1 :  a picture, map, or graph used for illustration

  2. 2 graphics plural :  a pictorial image or series of images displayed on a computer screen

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