visual

adjective
vi·​su·​al | \ ˈvi-zhə-wəl, -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 , -​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 collab theme song by the visual kei giants will be released globally on digital platforms, and a CD single will be released this fall from Japan's Pony Canyon label. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "X JAPAN & HYDE Join Forces for 'Attack on Titan' Anime Series Opener, 'Red Swan'," 13 July 2018 Both are staples in the American Vogue visual canon. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Vogue Reportedly Losing Two Top Editors," 13 July 2018 The elegant visual presentation added to the effectiveness. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 There are plenty of visual delights, and keeping Tartakovsky as director of all three films creates a fluid sense of comedy and look. Rick Bentley, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ is a little short on zing," 12 July 2018 Tree of 40 Fruit was initially conceived solely as a work of visual art, with the goal of creating a succession of blooms and fruits. Barbara Schreiber, charlotteobserver, "This artist ‘sculpts’ in living trees and fruit. Here’s what he’s doing now in Charlotte," 11 July 2018 But the two pieces together make a surprisingly stellar visual. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Most Unlikely Winter Pairing Is a Puffer and Heeled Boots," 28 Dec. 2018 So Giselle quit her job as an assistant property manager to homeschool Brooklyn, who struggled with ADHD, using an online curriculum that prioritized her daughter’s preference for visual learning. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 Instagram is now using AI to describe photos for users with visual impairments Here’s a nice new accessibility feature. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A looming strike over Project Dragonfly is putting new pressure on Google," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Estonian singer Tommy Cash recently wore digitally warped UGGS á la Y/Project’s collaboration with the label, and Balenciaga and Vetements have both been experimenting with altered visuals on their social media accounts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Are Asymmetrical Jeans the Next Big Denim Trend?," 9 Jan. 2019 The two step away giving Joanna some time to lead her visuals team and set up on the installation. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here's How Chip and Joanna Gaines Split Baby Duties for 4-Month-Old Crew," 17 Nov. 2018 The first three games are coming over as a trilogy package with remastered visuals sometime in early 2019. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The Xbox 360 controller's continued dominance, Ace Attorney on PC, and The Crew 2's free weekend," 28 Sep. 2018 In the mysterious chemistry of songwriting, the partnership with Mr. Hewlett’s visuals has been a reliable catalyst. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Behind the Cartoon Gorillaz, Damon Albarn Is a Man Alone," 27 June 2018 Lees' concept combines a contemporary design with historic visuals. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights Moreland design winners named; Maltz essay contest winners announced; more: Press Run," 4 May 2018 With visuals like photos and maps in both color and black-and-white, Hahn painted a picture of a large group who fought hard for their country. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Vietnam veterans honored with 'the respect and dignity they deserve' at Great Lakes ceremony," 29 Mar. 2018 Somehow the raindrops and the misty air at the 19th-century Marble Cemetery enhanced both the visuals and the mood, providing a perfect backdrop for the filmy, floral creations that the Mulleavys specialize in. Jocelyn Noveck, The Seattle Times, "Under a steady rain, Rodarte’s fairy tale designs shimmer," 10 Sep. 2018 Besides the smooth visuals and decent color reproduction, the Oculux NXG251 is my favorite gaming monitor design by far. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "MSI Oculux NXG251 monitor review: faster isn’t always better," 29 Nov. 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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

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