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 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 Richardson ISD’s director of visual arts is Myron Stennett. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Richardson ISD named an arts district of distinction by state group," 28 Dec. 2020 The resilience of the local visual arts community was on full display year-round. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2020 year in review: From Oceanside to San Ysidro, art could still be found in a county in lockdown," 27 Dec. 2020 For students who are visual learners, get a large piece of paper, a calendar, or a white board, and write out their daily schedule with them. Jo Yurcaba, Woman's Day, "The Remote Learning Tips That'll Help Your Child Emotionally & Academically ThriveThis Year," 14 Sep. 2020 Entertaining and educational videos for all ages, including, creative writing classes, visual and therapeutic arts, music, lectures, interviews, workshops, theater basics, storytelling and more. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Sunday calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events starting Dec. 27," 24 Dec. 2020 For young artists studying music, dance, film, visual art, theater or other disciplines, remote or distanced learning brings unique challenges. Los Angeles Times, "Young artists reflect on their first semester of college during COVID-19," 23 Dec. 2020 Huntsville’s Jessica Ann Nunno turns inkblots into comic-book-style visual art. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Top Huntsville arts/entertainment picks for the week," 22 Dec. 2020 All four artists give a sense of how the visual identity of the Nigerian drag scene is evolving. Edwin Okolo, Vogue, "The New Exhibition Spotlighting Nigeria’s Marginalized Drag Community," 14 Dec. 2020 Check out a first look at visual development art from the series. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Disney announces 'first-of-its-kind' collaboration with African entertainment company," 11 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The footnotes also walk through the symbolism of the different settings in the visual. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Of Course There Were Easter Eggs In Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” Music Video," 19 Aug. 2020 Instead of fixating on the visual of the main course, try focusing on the overall flavors of the holiday instead. Washington Post, "How to host a smaller Thanksgiving while still enjoying your favorite holiday flavors," 14 Nov. 2020 Practice offered the unique visual of 49ers gold helmets against the backdrop of the Cardinals' silver stadium exterior. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Displaced San Francisco 49ers begin workouts outside home of NFL rival Arizona Cardinals," 3 Dec. 2020 Styles recalls the golden highlights of filming the visual for Fine Line's opener in the Amalfi Coast in Italy through a vintage camera filter. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Take a Dip in the Amalfi Coast with Harry Styles in This 'Golden' Behind-The-Scenes Video," 3 Dec. 2020 Get a visual on your timers (and the time of day) with the Echo Wall Clock, a smart-looking clock that works with your existing compatible Echo device. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "All the best Cyber Monday deals you can shop at Amazon," 30 Nov. 2020 Hall magically appears underneath a green neon light in the shape of a Christmas tree for the accompanying visual. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Todrick Hall Decks the Halls With 'Bells, Bows, Gifts, Trees' in His New Music Video," 2 Dec. 2020 Johnson followed with his record-breaking strip sack, which, in an unusual visual, nose guard Jeffery Johnson picked up while standing still. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Back-to-back: Tulane beats East Carolina with second straight complete performance," 7 Nov. 2020 Jungkook, the youngest member of BTS at age 23, directed the nearly four-minute sentimental visual, which brings the ARMY along their favorites' reflective journey about how the world around them has evolved. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "BTS Reflect on Canceled World Tour Amid Coronavirus In 'Life Goes On' Music Video," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of visual was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Visual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visual. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for visual

visual

adjective
How to pronounce visual (audio)

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 visual (audio) \ adverb

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