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



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

Other Words from visual


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for visual

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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 Last week, in celebration of its 30th anniversary, Interscope Records announced a new museum exhibit, Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined, featuring original works of visual art inspired by some of the label’s most iconic artists. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 24 Jan. 2022 The free event celebrates the city’s diverse visual art scene at various galleries, some of which offer live music and refreshments, such as Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Jan. 2022 Allen soon became better known for his visual art, an amalgamation of installations, theatrical dramas, video pieces, and lithographs, much of it wrestling with his early years in Lubbock. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 Unlike other types of visual art created by paint brush, watercolor pencil, or 3D polygon, pixel art is created one color block (pixel) at a time. Aidan Moher, Wired, 4 Jan. 2022 The book delves into these themes, and many more, all interlocking by way of Hannaham’s visual art and brief textual performances, stills from air-disaster videos, screenshots and fragments of Pessoa’s work. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 The same can’t be said of local visual art produced from the 1890s to the 1940s, which isn’t displayed consistently and comprehensively in any of the city’s art venues. Steven Litt, cleveland, 12 Dec. 2021 In 2017, Gagosian published an essay by Cline about painter Walton Ford, sparking a dialogue about the relationship between writing and visual art. Olive Leatherwood, Vogue, 3 Dec. 2021 Although Dylan has been creating work for decades, his visual art wasn't displayed to the public until 2007, when a gallery in Germany showcased his work. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 2 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This has primed us as consumers, and as people, to value the visual above all else. Samuel Getachew, Vogue, 7 Jan. 2022 The visual for the single from Juice’s posthumous album Fighting Demons, which arrived last month, was directed and written by Steve Cannon. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2022 Irving’s return to the Nets is, at least outwardly, an awkward visual for the Nets and the N.B.A. New York Times, 17 Dec. 2021 At the most simple level, Kayla Girgen, RD, founder of Nutrition Untapped, has an easy visual to maintain proper portion control (without using a measuring cup or scale): your hands. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Dec. 2021 Jordan hopes seeing photos of couples like Mike and Phil who are in love and reading their stories, will provide young readers with a visual to imagine what their own future love could resemble. NBC News, 5 May 2021 Governments bickering, corporate complicity, what seems like a never-ending visual of displaced polar bears. Suzanne Fletcher, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 The designer here has essentially filtered the visual down to its purest form. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Directed by Maegan Houang and Jeff Desom, the visual was filmed almost entirely in front of a green screen and shows Mitski dancing as a forest burns down, with the singer — and the earth — eventually exploding into nothingness. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 9 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of visual


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for visual


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

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“Visual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of visual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to seeing or to the eyes



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


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


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 visual (audio) \ adverb

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