graph·​ic | \ ˈgra-fik \
variants: or less commonly graphical \ ˈgra-​fi-​kəl \

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 \ adverb
graphicness \ ˈgra-​fik-​nəs \ 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

Despite their graphic, multicolored designs, there’s something grounded and timeless about Silvano’s coats. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Still Need a Winter Coat? Milena Silvano’s Upcycled Sheepskins Belong at the Top Your Wish List," 10 Jan. 2019 Jerhonda Pace, another woman who R. Kelly allegedly victimized, and her story, marked another graphic turning point in the series. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019 The researchers typically study what people are willing to pay for things like genetically modified food, for instance, or cigarettes with graphic warning labels. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study," 27 Dec. 2018 In one, Scalamandre shell wallpaper features black and white graphic sketches. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 He was designed by the freelance graphic designer Brian Allen; the impetus for creating Gritty, according to this Advertising Week article, was that the son of the Flyers’ COO asked why the team didn’t have a mascot in a city lousy with them. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 Lisa Borthwick, currently age 60, was working as a graphic designer for a group of real-estate magazines when the financial crisis hit. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "‘Just Unbearable.’ Booming Job Market Can’t Fill the Retirement Shortfall," 20 Dec. 2018 Slug is an art collective made up of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and more that aims to elevate POC voices and provide a platform for young millennial designers and artists to work with various brands. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "A New Capsule Collection Turns ’90s Childhood Tropes Into Bold, Bright Streetwear," 10 Dec. 2018 The inexplicable design choice was most famously parodied in a Saturday Night Live sketch where Ryan Gosling obsesses over it, eventually confronting a fictional version of the film’s graphic designer and screaming in the rain. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "James Cameron’s Avatar sequels have finally moved on from Papyrus," 29 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What followed was a nail-biting battle that at one point had DeAndre with 36% of viewers supporting him and 39% on Reagan’s side, according to a graphic displayed during the show. Megan Stein, Country Living, "What Really Happened to Reagan Strange on 'The Voice?'," 5 Dec. 2018 There's an argument to be made about X8's mechanics and levels being good enough to endure its lousy 3D graphics, but X7's constant camera switches and 3D levels were terrible in 2003—and have only declined with age. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Mega Man X Legacy Collection," 24 July 2018 The conventional processors do the work of running the game, generating training data for the learning algorithms, which are powered by the graphics processors. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Can Bots Outwit Humans in One of the Biggest Esports Games?," 25 June 2018 The computer comes equipped with 28,000 graphics processors, which are optimized for machine-learning algorithms. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The United States Has the World's Fastest Supercomputer Again," 8 June 2018 FreeSync synchronizes the refresh rate of the display and your graphics processor, smoothing out gameplay by eliminating tearing and stutter. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "AMD's game-smoothing FreeSync tech makes its living room debut in Samsung QLED TVs," 5 June 2018 MotionLoft analyzes images captured by the video cameras and, using a powerful graphics processor chip made by Nvidia Corp., converts the images into data points; people and vehicles are rendered as anonymous white spots moving across the landscape. Hiawatha Bray,, "Devices map people’s movements in Downtown Crossing to help businesses fine-tune offerings," 31 May 2018 On the wall, 10 feet away, hangs more of his work-- colorful graphics, prints and illustrations, including a print of rapper Gucci Mane on a bright fuschia background. Shauna Stuart,, "Vibes and Virtues: Five hours in artist Carey Fountain's America," 21 July 2017 Winners of the Yard Sign Wars Tandem NYC and Tony Casas, designers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke’s campaign graphics, respectively, shook up a field mired in American flags and red, white and blue. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 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)

graphics : 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 \

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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