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

apparent, observable, seeable, visible

Synonyms: Noun

diagram, figure, graphic, illustration, plate

Antonyms: Adjective

invisible, sightless, viewless

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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 law benefited visual artists, who, unlike composers, filmmakers or writers, do not receive a share of any future sales under copyright law. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "California Tried to Give Artists a Cut. But the Judges Said No.," 11 July 2018 Michaels, a visual artist, muralist and poet, will usher in Rabbit Hash’s first multicultural event. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Rabbit Hash welcoming multicultural exhibit to its arts center," 8 June 2018 Utilizing some slick visual effects, Grande sways her body back and forth, with the galaxy acting like a hula hoop swaying around her. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Ariana Grande's Epic 'God Is a Woman' Video, Decoded," 13 July 2018 In that whole sequence, there’s hardly any visual effects. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Why the hardest special effect on A Quiet Place was corn," 8 July 2018 Bayona asked the visual effects team at Industrial Light & Magic to reflect the dinosaur genetic input. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Indoraptor kills it as the villainous new dinosaur of 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'," 19 June 2018 However, someone in our theater had an epileptic seizure due to some visual effects. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Disney Warns Moviegoers that Incredibles 2 Could Cause Epileptic Seizures," 18 June 2018 Seven shades of white paint dramatize the visual effects of ornate ceiling moldings and column capitals. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "A wreck no more: $15 million renovation makes Illinois’ once-decrepit Executive Mansion shine again," 16 June 2018 Here’s a look at the bracket for a visual representation. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "How to watch the 2018 World Cup: TV schedule, groups, odds and what you need to know," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bourdain does all of this with vivid narrative reporting, stunning visuals, palpable empathy, and a relentlessly open mind. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Anthony Bourdain: 1956-2018," 9 June 2018 Several Bucks teammates took to Instagram to post #StandWithSterling visuals, including Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Wilson and Jennings. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Social media reaction to Sterling Brown footage includes #StandWithSterling hashtag, parallels to NFL," 23 May 2018 The tool shows how the Earth has changed over the last 750 million years, after visuals of 540 million years ago, 300 million years, 90 million years ago, and many demarcations in between. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Map Shows Where Your House Was on Pangea," 6 July 2018 The party begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, with a happy hour featuring $1 PBR cans until 10 p.m. DJ Tarsis will handle the music and visuals for the evening. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 The footage released last week gives the first visuals of the officers who came closest to Paddock during the attack. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Police Body Camera Footage Shows Response to Las Vegas Shooting," 3 July 2018 Check out the new and improved visuals below: Death Stranding The third big game of the night: Death Stranding. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Sony PlayStation at E3: The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Nioh 2, and unsurprising blockbusters," 11 June 2018 That dire story, however, was accompanied by stunning visuals of murals, beaches and food. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Anthony Bourdain: His life matters more than his death," 8 June 2018 Beyond the stunning visuals (and people!) in the video, the song itself empowers women to be their most confident, carefree selves. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Required Viewing: The Best Music Videos of 2018," 18 May 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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