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 graphic video refutes the narrative and shows McDonald veering away from officers. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Chicago judge slaps white cop on trial for Laquan McDonald murder with $2G fine for violating gag order," 6 Sep. 2018 During ISIS’s rise, major television networks and sites like YouTube enacted more aggressive policies aimed at flagging and removing graphic, unedited ISIS propaganda videos from the site. Nathaniel Zelinsky, Vox, "The case for not publishing hacked emails," 14 July 2018 This graphic video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck up its nostril went viral in 2015, causing many environmental activists to take action. Claire Wolters, Philly.com, "Twitter can't agree on Starbucks' straw ban," 12 July 2018 The teacher under fire aired graphic videos this month that depicted how abortions are performed during various stages of pregnancy. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Here's what a new California law says about teaching abortion in class," 14 June 2018 The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles later posted the graphic video on Facebook as an example of the importance of not driving while tired or drowsy. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Fatigued Florida man survives violent car crash into toll booth. It was caught on video," 12 June 2018 The graphic video shows the much larger panther pin River to the ground on Lopez's driveway. David Goodhue, miamiherald, "Home security camera shows Florida panther attack house cat," 7 June 2018 Wayans shared a graphic video from an incident on the set during an episode directed by Crawford. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Lethal Weapon': Damon Wayans Shares Graphic Video Detailing Issues With Ousted Star Clayne Crawford," 14 May 2018 Clemon's April 22 arrest was captured on graphic video that went viral on social media. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Al Sharpton to hold town hall on controversial Saraland Waffle House arrest," 28 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Jonathan will use this information, plus the clients' budget, to bring the family's dream home to life with 3-D graphics. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "PSA: The Property Brothers Have Another Show Coming to HGTV," 19 Feb. 2019 Here was this amazing movie with this amazing story with this amazing graphics. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Toy Story Land opens with lines, Lightyear lovers," 30 June 2018 The center is also expanding its messaging with new graphics jazzed up with input from behavioral science. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "New hurricane center chief kicks off season with familiar warning: be prepared," 1 June 2018 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

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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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