graphic

adjective
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

graphic

noun

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

Adjective

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

Synonyms for graphic

Synonyms: Adjective

delineated, pictorial, picturesque, visual, vivid

Synonyms: Noun

diagram, figure, illustration, plate, visual

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Adjective

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

The members of Ateez are keenly aware of the way their smoky eyes, graphic brow art, and bright hair allows them to show different sides of themselves and get into character. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Bold Beauty Choices Set Rookie Group Ateez Apart in the K-Pop World," 17 Apr. 2019 There are apps to replace graphic calculators, apps that show the periodic table, apps that create paper flashcards and apps that show world maps. Teen Vogue, "How to Study for Finals: 22 Fail-Proof Study Tips for Students," 9 Apr. 2019 Hudson River Carriage House Airbnb, Hudson With its wide-plank floors, wood-burning stove, and graphic wallpaper, this looks like a house straight out of your Pinterest dreams. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 Fans can basically shop Billie's closet, because the collection includes all her favorite streetwear staples: oversized hoodies, graphic T-shirts, and beanies with graphics from the music video. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Here's Where You Can Shop Billie Eilish x Takashi Murakami Merchandise Now," 4 Apr. 2019 Co-working spaces have become so trendy there's an unofficial look to them: open seating, a neon sign illuminating some #riseandgrind-esque mantra, industrial lighting, and graphic pops of color along the walls. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You'll Lose Your Chic Over This Incredible Women's Club," 27 Mar. 2019 Self-Portrait fans will instantly recognize the brand's DNA in the bikinis and one pieces: graphic pastels, bright feminine florals, and shades of terracotta. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 Several of the emergency workers also described Chambers' wounds in graphic detail. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Jessica Chambers' last words analyzed as court told of mystery hitchhiker during burning death retrial," 27 Sep. 2018 This week, Flat Vernacular, the cool company behind some of our favorite graphic wallcoverings, debuted its latest collection, Wilds. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Perfect Floral Wallpaper for People Who Hate Florals," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Such an opportunity came in September with the release of the Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "The 20 most-popular stories of 2018," 25 Dec. 2018 The collection featured unisex graphics and windbreakers in various neutral tones, in addition to black oversized knitwear and combat vests. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A Danish Designer Protested Denmark’s Burqa Ban During Copenhagen Fashion Week," 9 Aug. 2018 This graphic gives an idea of what this may have looked like thousands of years ago. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "A guide to summer solstice, from Stonehenge to the earth's tilt," 21 June 2018 Forget photo-realistic vistas and HDR-friendly swaths of color and light; give us a 3D world constructed entirely out of 1-bit graphics. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 An earlier version of a graphic incorrectly showed 6.2 million. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "How Fortnite Triggered an Unwinnable War Between Parents and Their Boys," 21 Dec. 2018 My three-year-old sat next to me, enthralled by a wall of colorful geometric graphics on the station, each of which was decked out in a different theme. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How traveling abroad with kids showed me how to fix U.S. transit," 14 Sep. 2018 Cannabis can only be sold in plain packaging that is a single, uniform color and free of flashy graphics or images. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, "Canada’s Senate votes to legalize marijuana," 19 June 2018 While other networks had a series of flashy graphics, Tim kept score of the frantic electoral vote counting with a magic marker and dry-erase board. NBC News, "Tim Russert: Loss and lessons a decade later," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of graphic

Adjective

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

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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graphic

adjective

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

graphic

noun

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

graphic

adjective
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

graphic

noun

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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