graph·​ic | \ ˈgra-fik How to pronounce graphic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly graphical \ ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce graphical (audio) \

Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 : formed by writing, drawing, or engraving graphic inscriptions
3 usually graphic
a : marked by clear lifelike or vividly realistic description
b : vividly or plainly shown or described a graphic sex scene
4 usually graphical : of, relating to, or represented by a graph
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 the graphic symbols of the ancient Egyptians



Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a product of graphic art
b graphics plural : the graphic media
2a : a graphic representation (such as a picture, map, or graph) used especially for illustration His presentation included a number of informational graphics.
b : a pictorial image displayed on a computer screen the program's graphics are impressive
c graphics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the art or science of drawing a representation of an object on a two-dimensional surface according to mathematical rules of projection
3 graphics plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the process whereby a computer displays graphics
4 : a printed message superimposed on a television picture
variants: or -graphical

Definition of -graphic (Entry 3 of 3)

: written or transmitted in a (specified) way stylographic telegraphic

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Other Words from graphic


graphically \ ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce graphically (audio) \ adverb
graphicness \ ˈgra-​fik-​nəs How to pronounce graphicness (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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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

Examples of graphic in a Sentence

Adjective the report offered many graphic details about the devastating earthquake that rocked the area got a degree in graphic design Noun She illustrated her talk with a graphic showing state population growth. the use of graphics in the text of the dictionary helps to break up the visual monotony of the page
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Investigators reportedly then discovered hundreds of graphic images of children, some as young as three-years-old. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land piano teacher who taught music at Houston ISD elementary school arrested on child porn charges," 24 Jan. 2020 Instagram is still widely beloved in the United States, but users in Britain largely turned on the platform following reports that graphic images of self-harm on its app might have influenced a 14-year-old girl to commit suicide. Amy Chozick, New York Times, "This Is the Guy Who’s Taking Away the Likes," 17 Jan. 2020 Auburn Hills police began receiving calls around 11 p.m. that the billboard was displaying graphic images. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Teens who changed a digital billboard to display pornography identified by police," 10 Jan. 2020 The California Highway Patrol shared shared a graphic image of the bar still in the victim's leg, as well a picture of a firefighter holding the bar. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "A metal bar fell off a big rig and sliced through a car traveling on a California freeway," 4 Nov. 2019 The White House's announcement came as graphic images of violence directed at Kurds circulated on social media. Fox News, "Trump authorizes sanctions against Turkey amid Syria incursion, calls for end to its 'destabilizing actions'," 15 Oct. 2019 Spjut’s dialogue was written down on a word document, and graphic images filled some frames of the panels. Denise Coffey,, "Getting Serious About Comics," 14 Oct. 2019 The video is disturbing and NBC News has blurred the most graphic images. NBC News, "U.S. troops to withdraw from northern Syria as ISIS supporters escape amid alleged Turkish atrocities," 13 Oct. 2019 His beginnings are now the stuff of legend: In 1989, Fairey was a RISD kid who stumbled across a wrestling ad in a newspaper, created a graphic image of Andre the Giant, and sparked a street art movement., ", who got his start at the Rhode Island School of Design, returns to Providence this month for a lecture, film screening, career retrospective, and to complete his 100th mural, according to RISD.," 4 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After less than a decade in America, Bayer was able to realize the Bauhaus ideal of total design in creating the architecture, interiors, graphics and even the landscape of the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Pioneering Work of Graphic Artist Herbert Bayer," 4 Feb. 2020 Manasa Karthikeyan, 19, leads the graphics and social media for the George Washington University chapter of The Sunrise Movement, a national organization of youth to stop climate change that launched in April 2017. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Here’s What The Change-Makers Of 2016 Have Done With All That Big Activist Energy," 30 Jan. 2020 This cotton and polyester button-down shirt has a gingham purple-and-white pattern, embroidered graphics and a chest pocket. Alicia Kortendick, al, "LSU Championship gear: Celebrate the Tigers’ win with these shirts, pullovers and hats," 14 Jan. 2020 Signage, graphics and branding will be changed to reflect Captain Pabst Pilot House branding. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Changes are brewing for the Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom, including renovations," 14 Jan. 2020 There’s no charge to view the outdoor attraction, whose 3-D graphics and 600,000-watt, concert-quality sound system are now programmed to run nonstop, 24 hours a day. Dallas News, "Mammoth Vegas video screen dwarfs the display at Cowboys Stadium," 11 Jan. 2020 Its infotainment system is easy to operate, but the 7.0-inch touchscreen suffers from low-res graphics and some less-than-intuitive menus. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2019 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid: Which Gas-Sipping Family Sedan Is Better?," 8 Jan. 2020 The colors were too dark and the graphics and decals too juvenile. Christina Rogers, WSJ, "How to Build a Dream Kitchen—for Your Toddler (Complete With a Fake Wolf Range)," 7 Jan. 2020 The book begins with an overview of this basic idea (replete with graphics and charts) and then spends a chapter explaining each variable. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Live Your Best Life—On and Off Your Phone—in 2020," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of graphic


1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for graphic

Adjective and Noun

Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein

Adjective combining form

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

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The first known use of graphic was in 1637

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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Graphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce -graphic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: shown or described in a very clear way
: relating to the artistic use of pictures, shapes, and words especially in books and magazines



English Language Learners Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


graph·​ic | \ ˈgra-fik How to pronounce graphic (audio) \

Kids Definition of graphic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being written, drawn, printed, or engraved A map is a graphic representation of an area's geography.
2 : described in very clear detail She gave a graphic account of an accident.
3 : of or relating to the pictorial arts or to printing



Kids Definition of graphic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a picture, map, or graph used for illustration
2 graphics plural : a pictorial image or series of images displayed on a computer screen

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