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

delineated, pictorial, picturesque, visual, vivid

Synonyms: Noun

diagram, figure, illustration, plate, visual

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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


the report offered many graphic details about the devastating earthquake that rocked the area got a degree in graphic design


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

Over time, fans may have looked different — tucked in shirts and mullets have given way to phone charger-carrying bum bags and memes on graphic tees. Natalie Morin,, "From Beatlemania To The Beyhive, Here's What A Stan Looked like In Every Decade," 10 June 2019 On his own Twitter, the Dancing with the Stars alum shared a video of his online store, featuring graphic tees, hoodies and pants. Tomás Mier,, "Rob Kardashian Launches New Clothing Line Called Halfway Dead with the Help of Sister Kylie Jenner," 7 June 2019 There are more things Made in Mexico City — knitwear, graphic tees, home goods — and some things made in Colorado, like Fortuna chocolate, coming along, too. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "This Mexico City restaurant is coming to Denver for the summer," 5 June 2019 Joe—who became engaged to Sophie in October 2017—also followed the laidback dress code in a two-tone denim jacket over a baby blue graphic tee, dark wash jeans, and white kicks. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Is a Modern-Day Spice Girl for a Night Out with Joe Jonas," 30 Apr. 2019 One wore a camouflage jacket, shorts and black shoes with white lining, while the other wore a white baseball hat, a black graphic tee, black pants and white shoes. Hanna Krueger,, "NOPD searching for 2 suspects, vehicle in French Quarter shooting," 20 May 2018 Her spring line features ruffled sleeves, graphic tees, floral patterns and feminine pleated skirts meant to be dressed up for work or down with a pair of sneakers. Nicole Evatt,, "Eva Longoria weaves empowerment throughout her clothing line," 19 Mar. 2018 The graphic accompanying the column incorrectly said -9.7%. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 9 May 2019 Further accentuating her evening edginess, onyx liner inched from the inner corners into a graphic wing, while a pink pout finished off the look. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Sophie Turner Serves Up a Striking Day-to-Night Beauty Transformation for the X-Men: Dark Phoenix Premiere," 28 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Look and feel The app tries to capture the experience of a console with polished graphics, sound and design. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Mario Kart Tour shows promise of mobile hit for Nintendo," 9 June 2019 Art and history are on display in the pub, which sports modern-industrial lines combined with colorful, fresh graphics., "West Coast Grocery fights to right ship after rough launch: Portland Breweries Series," 7 June 2019 Modern laminates have come a long way in the design department, with realistic graphics that can imitate materials like stone. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Countertop Materials," 9 May 2019 Sometimes the girls code computer graphics that complement the dance and are projected onto the stage; other times, the students wear costumes with programmable lights that flash or change color depending on the wearer's movements. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "STEM From Dance Is Using Dance to Turn Teen Girls Into Coders," 7 Dec. 2018 The Big Ten Network takes a deeper look at the numbers with voice-over and graphics. Andrew Perloff,, "2018 NBA Mock Draft: The YouTube Edition," 20 June 2018 This new episode uses state-of-the-art computer graphics and underwater technology to simulate the emptying the oceans of water, which would expose some of the richest shipwrecks imaginable. Ed Stockly,, "Monday's TV highlights: 'Dietland' on AMC," 18 June 2018 But to demonstrate the Sarmat's capabilities, Putin displayed a video that contained a snippet of computer graphics animation showing a missile breaking into several warheads and plummeting towards the Florida mainland. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "New Russian nuke weapons aren’t new and may not be ready, say experts," 1 Mar. 2018 On the big screen behind him, video footage and computer graphics showed off the new weapons. Author: Anton Troianovski, Anchorage Daily News, "Putin displays new weapons and issues warning to U.S. and Europe," 1 Mar. 2018

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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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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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