visual

adjective
vi·​su·​al | \ ˈvi-zhə-wəl How to pronounce visual (audio) , -zhəl; ˈvizh-wəl\

Definition of visual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or used in vision visual organs
2 : attained or maintained by sight visual impressions
3 : visible visual objects
4 : producing mental images : vivid
5 : done or executed by sight only visual navigation
6 : of, relating to, or employing visual aids

visual

noun

Definition of visual (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (such as a graphic) that appeals to the sight and is used for effect or illustration usually used in plural

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Other Words from visual

Adjective

visually \ ˈvi-​zhə-​wə-​lē How to pronounce visually (audio) , -​zhə-​lē ; ˈvizh-​wə-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for visual

Synonyms: Adjective

ocular, optic, optical

Synonyms: Noun

diagram, figure, graphic, illustration, plate

Antonyms: Adjective

nonvisual

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Examples of visual in a Sentence

Adjective

color, shape, and other visual attributes She appreciates the visual arts such as painting and film. Maps are a visual tool for learning.

Noun

Should I include some visuals in my presentation? a film director known for his powerful visuals
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Chromium-based Vivaldi officially released version 2.4 of the browser on Wednesday, emphasizing the way in which users can adjust the visual and navigation elements. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Vivaldi 2.4 enhances the browser's tab wizardry," 27 Mar. 2019 Similarly, today the mention of men in skirts extends beyond the visual of David Beckham in a sarong and describes what’s happening on the ground. Vogue, "A New Exhibition in Boston on Gender-Bending Fashion Is Also About Youthquakes, New and Old," 20 Mar. 2019 There’s a genuine divide between the projects women are routinely hired for—lower-budget comedies and dramas—and the more complicated $100 million to $200 million visual-effects and stunt-heavy movies. Marie Claire, "Deep Dives," 7 Mar. 2019 My mind could not take it in, so my eyes needed to see it, to size it up, to make visual and tangible the horrible enormity. Loren Kleinman And Amye Archer, Marie Claire, "I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.," 14 Dec. 2018 The home belongs to one of the founders of Phare Ponleu Selpak, a nonprofit with a visual and performing arts school, including a circus made up of kids who might otherwise be on the street. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Deeper in Cambodia," 19 Nov. 2018 The visual feast begins in the lobby, where a pale pink bench stretches around the space in an Art Deco-esque curve. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "In new Berlin cinema, every theater is a glowing piece of art," 24 July 2018 The drones know which flight path a manned RAF strike plane are scheduled to take and could fly over the route to search for enemy air defenses, particularly radar emissions and visual signs of air defense networks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.K. Promises to Develop Drone Swarms, But on an Unrealistic Timetable," 12 Feb. 2019 Photographers craft their art from the facts of the visual world. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Collection 2 is a celebration of Black Love and the campaign’s visuals are set out to normalize Black American Life. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Pyer Moss’ Latest Reebok Campaign Tells a Black American Love Story," 5 Apr. 2019 Use minimalist visuals to reinforce the idea of honesty, value, and straightforwardness. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Hulu took a lot of criticism for its menus and navigation, which favored pretty visuals over usability and convenience. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 2018 Fox Searchlight The film is set centuries ago, and its lush, rich visuals frame the tale, while leaving room for some elements that are obviously not from the 18th century. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos on why his films aren’t as mean as people say," 21 Nov. 2018 Check out the trailer below to see how much of an impact ray tracing can have on the game’s visuals. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "RTX on! Battlefield V becomes the first game to support DXR real-time ray tracing," 14 Nov. 2018 The distinction has to do with matching the computer’s rate of data production with the monitor’s ability to represent that data, often speeding up or slowing down the frame rate to produce the smoothest possible visuals. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs," 20 Sep. 2018 In partnership with nonprofit groups such as Ghetto Film School, the classes teach the basics of filmmaking and storytelling, such as how to make compelling characters and use visuals to advance a plot. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: The drug war implications of Mexico going to the polls," 30 June 2018 Along the way, there were little puzzles and Easter eggs for the audience to worry over on social media, a fine assortment of dramatic plot twists and some gorgeous visuals. Megan Mcardle, chicagotribune.com, "'Westworld' has all the ingredients for great television except the one that matters," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of visual

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for visual

Adjective

Middle English, from Late Latin visualis, from Latin visus sight, from vidēre to see

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visual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of visual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to seeing or to the eyes

visual

noun

English Language Learners Definition of visual (Entry 2 of 2)

: something you look at (such as a picture, chart, or film) that is used to make something more appealing or easier to understand

visual

adjective
vi·​su·​al | \ ˈvi-zhə-wəl How to pronounce visual (audio) \

Kids Definition of visual

1 : obtained by the use of sight a visual impression
2 : of, relating to, or used in seeing the visual organs
3 : appealing to the sense of sight Charts, drawings, and other visual aids can enhance a presentation.

Other Words from visual

visually adverb visually appealing

visual

adjective
vi·​su·​al | \ ˈvizh-(ə-)wəl, ˈvizh-əl How to pronounce visual (audio) \

Medical Definition of visual

1 : of, relating to, or used in vision visual organs
2 : attained or maintained by sight visual impressions

Other Words from visual

visually \ ˈvizh-​(ə-​)wə-​lē, ˈvizh-​(ə-​)lē How to pronounce visually (audio) \ adverb

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