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

This story and accompanying graphic have been edited to reflect that the National Weather Service declared another high-temperature record for Monday. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Records tumble as Alaska’s historic heat wave rolls on," 9 July 2019 Operation Save America is known for its graphic public displays of aborted fetuses and its homophobic and Islamophobic ideals. Marisa Peryer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Controversial anti-abortion group coming to Milwaukee to 'storm the gates of hell'," 9 July 2019 One term to avoid that the weather service specifically mentioned in their graphic: marble-sized hail. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "How to properly measure hail — and why it matters," 8 July 2019 Playing well just as break arrives, July 8, Sports, B5 A graphic with the story that began on B1 used Giants’ end-of-season records rather than records at the All-Star break from 2000-18., "Corrections," 8 July 2019 Other graphic elements from the surreal film are repeated in the hotel, particularly bells and dandelions. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: Gran Destino Tower, a new hotel option, owes its look to Salvador Dali project," 8 July 2019 This led to a later commission — a similar, if more modest, graphic treatment of part of Biscayne Boulevard in Miami. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This Brazilian artist and landscape architect was bound only by the limits of his imagination," 8 July 2019 Bestselling author Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo team up for a new graphic-novel series, aimed at the YA crowd, featuring the Teen Titans. Web Behrens,, "15 things to do with the kids July 8-14," 7 July 2019 Warning: Some of the photos below contain graphic imagery. National Geographic, "California's 7.1 earthquake–and how earthquakes work," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The graphics are worse than what you would get docked, but the touch screen's size goes a long way in hiding bad resolution and frame rate. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "The Nintendo Switch Lite: What you need to know," 11 July 2019 Using elements of comic book graphics, the digital motion book explores gentrification and revitalization in the neighborhood. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "High school graduates of azcentral's media innovation camp explore gentrification in Garfield district," 4 July 2019 Tableau sprung from a research project at Stanford, where Hanrahan is a professor of computer graphics. Sophie Alexander, Fortune, "Salesforce’s $15B Tableau Purchase Makes This 'Toy Story' Oscar Winner a Billionaire," 10 June 2019 At the time, the CPU basically promised GeForce GTX 1050 Ti-level of graphics in a tiny little package. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Kaby Lake-G lives! We spotted the Core i7-8705G in Acer's new ConceptD 5 laptop for creators," 12 Apr. 2019 Abbott tweeted out a calming message and, believe it or not, his graphic turned out to be a toilet. Dallas News, "Gov. Abbott should have blamed lawmakers for a disaster, but instead he blamed hurricane Harvey," 20 June 2019 Some of the biggest news driving increases in gaming capabilities on PCs has to do with the graphics chips, or GPUs, being integrated into new machines. Michelle Maltais, USA TODAY, "The games were the star of E3, but gaming PCs were center stage," 15 June 2019 The neural network stitches these together using powerful graphics chips hardened against radiation. The Economist, "Using AI to speed up the processing of space images," 14 June 2019 But fans loved its gorgeous graphics and homage to Japanese myths and lore. Washington Post, "The 10 most promising games at E3 2019," 13 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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