graphical user interface


plural graphical user interfaces
: a user interface that allows a computer user to interact easily with the computer typically by making choices from displayed menus or groups of icons
… how quickly the software companies can write new applications, or new versions of old applications, to take advantage of windows, icons, menus and mice, the principal elements of the graphical user interface.Peter H. Lewis

Examples of graphical user interface in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To open the media source, an operator can use the graphical user interface or place a text QR code in front of a webcam. IEEE Spectrum, 2 Feb. 2024 Its biggest innovation was the shift from command-line interfaces to the graphical user interface and mouse. David Meyer, Fortune, 24 Jan. 2024 That early codebase also included graphical user interfaces for PCs and phones, further driving home that this was a consumer OS. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2023 The Macintosh was not the first computer to have a graphical user interface or employ the desktop metaphor: icons, files, folders, windows and so on. Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Jan. 2024 The first version kicked off a revolution in human-computer interaction by popularizing the graphical user interface in a compelling package. Steven Levy, WIRED, 19 Jan. 2024 The Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in California has spawned many pioneering computer technologies including the Alto—the first personal computer to use a graphical user interface—and the first laser printer. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Nov. 2023 Henry Evans uses his custom graphical user interface to control the Stretch robot to pick up a towel, place the towel in a laundry basket, and then tow the laundry basket to the laundry room. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Oct. 2023 The most famous example is Apple’s storied 1979 raid on Xerox PARC, whose engineers had developed a host of technologies, such as the graphical user interface, or GUI (what your computer desktop looks like right now), but didn’t know what to do with them. Brian Merchant, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of graphical user interface was in 1981

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“Graphical user interface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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graphical user interface

: software that simplifies the use of a computer especially by using icons and menus

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