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graphic

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adjective graph·ic \ ˈgra-fik \
variants: or less commonly graphical play \ˈgra-fi-kəl\
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of graphic

1 a :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

graphically

play \ˈgra-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

graphicness

play \ˈgra-fik-nəs\ noun

Examples of graphic in a Sentence

  1. the report offered many graphic details about the devastating earthquake that rocked the area

  2. got a degree in graphic design

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Origin and Etymology of graphic

Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein

Synonym Discussion of graphic

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

Other Fine Arts Terms


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graphic

noun

Definition of graphic

1 a :a product of graphic art
b graphics plural :the graphic media
2 a :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

Examples of graphic in a Sentence

  1. She illustrated her talk with a graphic showing state population growth.

  2. the use of graphics in the text of the dictionary helps to break up the visual monotony of the page

Recent Examples of graphic from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of graphic


-graphic

adjective combining form
variants: or -graphical

Definition of -graphic

:written or transmitted in a (specified) way
  • stylographic
  • telegraphic

Origin and Etymology of -graphic

Late Latin -graphicus, from Greek -graphikos, from graphikos


GRAPHIC Defined for English Language Learners

graphic

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adjective

Definition of graphic for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of graphic for English Language Learners

  • 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


GRAPHIC Defined for Kids

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graphic

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adjective graph·ic \ ˈgra-fik \

Definition of graphic for Students

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

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graphic

noun

Definition of graphic for Students

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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