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1visual

adjective vi·su·al \ˈvi-zhə-wəl, -zhəl; ˈvizh-wəl\

: relating to seeing or to the eyes

Full Definition of VISUAL

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:  of, relating to, or used in vision <visual organs>
2
:  attained or maintained by sight <visual impressions>
3
:  visible <visual objects>
4
:  producing mental images :  vivid
5
:  done or executed by sight only <visual navigation>
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:  of, relating to, or employing visual aids
vi·su·al·ly \ˈvi-zhə-wə-lē, -zhə-lē; ˈvizh-wə-lē\ adverb

Examples of VISUAL

  1. color, shape, and other visual attributes
  2. She appreciates the visual arts such as painting and film.
  3. Maps are a visual tool for learning.

Origin of VISUAL

Middle English, from Late Latin visualis, from Latin visus sight, from vidēre to see
First Known Use: 15th century

2visual

noun

: something you look at (such as a picture, chart, or film) that is used to make something more appealing or easier to understand

Full Definition of VISUAL

:  something (as a graphic) that appeals to the sight and is used for effect or illustration —usually used in plural

Examples of VISUAL

  1. Should I include some visuals in my presentation?
  2. a film director known for his powerful visuals

First Known Use of VISUAL

1938

visual

adjective vi·su·al \ˈvizh-(ə-)wəl, ˈvizh-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VISUAL

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:  of, relating to, or used in vision <visual organs>
2
:  attained or maintained by sight <visual impressions>
vi·su·al·ly \ˈvizh-(ə-)wə-lē, ˈvizh-(ə-)lē\ adverb

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