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

Even the one association a person is likely to have, sturgeon and caviar, isn’t visual. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Where Europe and Asia meet: Chloe Dewe Mathews’s ‘Caspian: The Elements’," 12 June 2019 Up in space, the time-slowing Quicksilver (Evan Peters) and the teleporting Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) occasion some deft visual-effects sleight of hand. Justin Chang, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Dark Phoenix’ isn’t the revival the ‘X-Men’ series needed," 6 June 2019 In brief moments throughout the visual, Woods and Moore lean into the old school glamour of James’s heyday by donning feather boas and sequined gowns. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Indya Moore Has a Mesmerizing Fashion Moment in Jamila Woods’s New Video," 4 Apr. 2019 The image delivered a stirring visual of Pan Am’s idea, and also convinced more than a few Americans that the airline’s moonshot was legit. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "When Pan Am Promised To Fly Us To the Moon," 28 Feb. 2019 Even better, the keys slightly animate, vibrate, and sound when tapped, giving visual, tactile, and aural feedback that they were depressed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's dual-display Yoga Book C930 boasts a bigger screen and better 'keyboard'," 30 Aug. 2018 The iconic visual from the military alliance’s 2017 summit was Trump shoving aside the prime minister of new member Montenegro, Dusko Markovic, to get in front of the pack for a group photo. Washington Post, "Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner," 10 July 2018 Decoding messages — linguistic as well as visual, aural, tactile, etc. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The Jacket Heard Round the World," 22 June 2018 And the products that are out are exquisitely organized for visual effect and efficiency. Jennifer Adams, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: Spa-inspired product storage when you think there's none," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For one set, a single artist will play both roles: the inimitable Angel Marcloid, aka Fire-Toolz, performs to her own visuals. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Hogg drop a new LP of tense, ritualistic throb ’n’ roll," 1 May 2018 Wednesday’s concert divorced Williams’ film scores from their visuals and placed them firmly in the art house. Peter Dobrin, Philly.com, "Is John Williams the next Kendrik Lamar? His Philadelphia Orchestra visit made us think, why not?," 19 Apr. 2018 Now, he's done it again by giving us some fun visuals to pair with the song. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Did You Catch This Belieber Easter Egg In Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran's "I Don't Care" Music Video?," 17 May 2019 The 22-year-old Stanford college student and sister of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel just launched Quinn, a website for women designed to be a comfortable, fun, space that favors mood-enhancing sensuality over in-your-face visuals. Rachel Khona, Allure, "I Tried Quinn, the New Audio Porn Website For Women," 23 Apr. 2019 Companies are using HoloLens to overlay instructions and other visuals that can guide workers through machine repairs, among other tasks. Jay Greene, WSJ, "Microsoft’s Hype Strategy for HoloLens Is to Avoid It," 24 Feb. 2019 One onlooker later stopped to peer at the visuals on display. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "Tom Benson Day 1 visitation: 'I think Tom would have loved it'," 21 Mar. 2018 After teasing it on social media over the past week, the singer finally released the track last night at midnight with super close-up, super steamy visuals on YouTube. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez's New Song "Fetish" Is Too Hot to Handle," 13 July 2017 In addition to making for cool visuals, the elephant walk is a fun way to remind other countries of American air superiority and its ability to muster a lot of warplanes fast. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Just Launched 24 F-22 Raptor Fighters at Once," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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More Definitions for visual

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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