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

Synonyms for graphic

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 The Alabama Public Charter Commission’s virtual meeting was shut down Thursday morning by hackers, who flooded the meeting with obscene language and graphic images. Trisha Powell Crain |, al, "Alabama charter commission Zoom meeting shut down after hackers flood it with porn, obscenities," 10 Sep. 2020 As a Middle East correspondent, my phone regularly fills with grim, graphic images of Syrian children killed by Russian and Syrian government airstrikes. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "The Family Scars Left by the Beirut Blast," 3 Sep. 2020 McMahon also saved graphic images of Trayvon Martin after the Black teenager was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member in Florida in 2012, according to prosecutors. CBS News, "Florida man who calls himself "Antifa hunter" gets more than 3 years in prison for racist threats," 1 Sep. 2020 McMahon also saved graphic images of Trayvon Martin after the Black teenager was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member in Florida in 2012, according to prosecutors. Michael Kunzelman, USA TODAY, "‘Antifa hunter’ gets 3 years for racist threats against Black political candidate, activist," 1 Sep. 2020 McMahon also saved graphic images of Trayvon Martin after the Black teenager was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member in Florida in 2012, according to prosecutors., "‘Antifa hunter’ in Florida gets 3 years for online racist threats," 31 Aug. 2020 These exclusive sneak peeks contain graphic images that may be unsettling. Aurelie Corinthios,, "New Seasons of Dr. Pimple Popper and My Feet Are Killing Me Will Feature Virtual Consultations," 5 Aug. 2020 The bespoke graphic images created for other recruits were never designed and sent to his kid. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football 'stopped recruiting' 5-star in-state prospect. His father has no idea why," 2 Aug. 2020 Their signs have graphic images of uteruses, foetuses and blood emblazoned on them. Vicky Spratt,, "Tears & Trauma: Even Lockdown Didn’t Stop Anti-Abortion Protesters," 29 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The shaded area on the graphic is where a storm could develop and is not a track. Carlie Wells,, "Hurricane forecasters tracking 7 disturbances, including 4 named storms in Gulf, Atlantic," 15 Sep. 2020 Cal Fire shared a graphic on Twitter listing California's 20 biggest wildfires. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Wildfire burning in Northern California is the state's largest on record," 11 Sep. 2020 Earlier this week, Sia shared a graphic on her Instagram explaining how to help the USPS. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Mark Hamill calls for support for US Postal Service amid concerns over mail-in voting," 17 Aug. 2020 In surveillance photos, the suspect is wearing a white shirt with a graphic on the front, white pants and black and white shoes. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Suspect at-large after 'slashing' another's throat in West Price Hill, police say," 16 Aug. 2020 The graphic below, produced by the Carbon Brief in 2019, illustrates the increasingly precipitous drop in global carbon dioxide emissions required to stave off 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit of planetary warming. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Earth Could Hit Critical Climate Threshold in Next Five Years," 13 July 2020 Ellis Ross gave us a hint at who's playing who, if the graphic on her Instagram is to be believed. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Golden Girls Is Being Reimagined With an All-Black Cast," 8 Sep. 2020 All-America running back Chuba Hubbard, Alabama running back Najee Harris and numerous other players from Florida State to Oregon posted a graphic on social media with #WeWantToPlay and #WeAreUnited. Scott Bell, Dallas News, "Big Ten reportedly agrees to cancel 2020 fall season; what does it mean for the rest of college football?," 10 Aug. 2020 That number is somewhat short of the Facebook graphic’s 145,689 deaths. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Coronavirus deaths surpass combined battle fatalities in several US wars," 30 July 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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23 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Graphic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 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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