graphical user interface

plural graphical user interfaces

Definition of graphical user interface

: 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 The Apple Lisa in 1983 presaged the Mac and the whole revolution of the windows-icons-mouse graphical user interface that would dominate computing to come. Jason Torchinsky, Ars Technica, "How an obscure British PC maker invented ARM and changed the world," 20 Dec. 2020 Build 2020 conference, where the company also teased graphical user interface support for the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's Linux subsystem gets GPU compute and an easier install in new preview," 17 June 2020 The fact that the Mac had a graphical user interface at all was exciting in its own right. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "The Apple icons you see today have surprisingly ancient roots," 15 Oct. 2019 For instance, in the early '60s, Bill Ninke, a researcher in acoustics, had demonstrated a rudimentary graphical user interface with a DEC PDP-7 minicomputer. Richard Jensen, Ars Technica, "Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure," 29 Aug. 2019 In 1982, when The Disappearance of Childhood hit the shelves, the graphical user interface that would transform computing had yet to be launched on a mass scale. Kate Eichhorn, WIRED, "Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up," 8 July 2019 Instead, Corellium has simply copied everything: the code, the graphical user interface, the icons—all of it, in exacting detail. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Apple sues company that sells “perfect replicas” of iOS without a license," 16 Aug. 2019 Thanks to Xerox’s graphical user interface, eventually popularized by Apple, by the 2000s one could do many things with computers without knowledge of or interest in their inner workings. Kate Eichhorn, WIRED, "Social Media Could Make It Impossible to Grow Up," 8 July 2019 Much like Microsoft Access and newer tools like Airtable, FileMaker Pro provides a graphical user interface for building database applications. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Attention Apple Retro-Heads: Claris is Back!," 6 Aug. 2019

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of graphical user interface

: a program that allows a person to work easily with a computer by using a mouse to point to small pictures and other elements on the screen

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