graphical user interface


Definition of graphical user interface

: a computer program designed to allow a computer user to interact easily with the computer typically by making choices from menus or groups of icons

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Oh, and graphical user interface, display editing, multiple windows, shared documents, context-sensitive help and a digital library. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Life as We Know It Turns 50," 2 Dec. 2018 Before Mojave and Marzipan, all Mac apps used AppKit, a software framework for constructing and managing graphical user interfaces specific to the Mac. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "macOS Mojave: A visual tour of Dark Mode and other major features," 26 June 2018

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1981, in the meaning defined above

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“Graphical user interface.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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