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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective He was drawn to the visual arts after his father, who immigrated from Peru, died in 2009 — prompting Pantoja to regret not having more recordings of his father. The Courier-Journal, "Who are the most influential people in Kentucky? Here are 20 to watch in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 Afrochella closed out the year-long homecoming with an immersive cultural experience highlighting visual art, music,entertainment, fashion, food commerce and more from across the diaspora. Essence, "WATCH: ESSENCE Full Circle Festival Day 2 - The Afrochella Experience," 4 Jan. 2020 Every illustrator and visual journalist chooses what to include or exclude in an image. Wendy Macnaughton, New York Times, "Drawing the Guantánamo Bay War Court," 27 Dec. 2019 Newton became the poster child and beating heart of Detroit’s Cass Corridor arts movement — a do-it-yourself, proto-punk rock era of literature, music and visual art that drew the attention of the broader art world to the Motor City. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "In memoriam: A look back at who Michigan lost in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 The law establishes a limit of 35 submissions per year, per client, for freelance writers, editors, and visual journalists before they can be considered employees. CBS News, "Freelance journalists suing California over its incoming labor law," 17 Dec. 2019 Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a visual arts nonprofit organization that supports creative expression through traditional and contemporary book arts, including papermaking, bookbinding, and letterpress printing. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "Book Artist Award goes to picture book about 12,000 years of St. Anthony Falls," 13 Dec. 2019 Since 2006, the Delray Art League has donated 10% of profits — $110,000 to date — to Palm Beach County organizations to help fund visual arts programs. Kari Barnett, sun-sentinel.com, "Delray Art League hands out 7 scholarship awards," 6 Dec. 2019 More recently, the hosted 31 small artist studios during a 30-year period that saw Milwaukee's visual arts scene grow. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Co-working space, event linens business coming to The Artisan mixed-use development in Walker's Point," 3 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reuters/Danish Ismail Over the past many weeks, television visuals from the rest of India have kept Kashmiris hooked. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "With an eerie calm, Kashmir watches the “Kashmirisation” of India," 9 Jan. 2020 That may be partly due to cinematographer Nicholas Wiesnet's oppressively dark visuals (most of the story takes place at night), which tend to produce an unnecessarily somnolent effect. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Inherit the Viper': Film Review," 9 Jan. 2020 The director Joseph Kosinski, who worked with the actor on Oblivion, should deliver some crisp visuals. David Sims, The Atlantic, "25 Movies to Look Forward to in 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 Through this lens, Lipa looked, well, cool and fresh, in a way that would appeal to people within the fashion industry, while also offering some more avant-garde visuals to her fans. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Dua Lipa Was the Signature Gen-Z Fashion Star of 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 With coarse language and graphic visuals to accompany Scrooge's Christmas Eve trip through time, space and his own mistakes, Pearce says Knight's commitment to shaking off the cheer of the season underscores Dickens' story with humanity. Hunter Ingram, USA TODAY, "Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis on FX's 'no-holds-barred' remake of 'A Christmas Carol'," 21 Dec. 2019 This program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants, as well as a 30-minute socialization time following the program. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Radio DJ hosts year-end tribute to pop artists: Around The Town," 20 Dec. 2019 Scott Utterback is the director of photography for the visuals team. Scott Utterback, The Courier-Journal, "Best photos of 2019: Photographer Scott Utterback picks his top 11 photos from the year," 18 Dec. 2019 DeadMau5 largely performed behind three transparent sides of a cube that projected splashy, sci-fi visuals and was rigged with LED lights. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Despite being sick, DeadMau5 masters his craft at Wisconsin Center spectacle in Milwaukee," 15 Dec. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'visual.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about visual

Time Traveler for visual

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for visual

Last Updated

16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Visual.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visual. Accessed 17 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

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 visually (audio) \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on visual

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for visual

Spanish Central: Translation of visual

Nglish: Translation of visual for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of visual for Arabic Speakers

Comments on visual

What made you want to look up visual? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a plan in which a last survivor takes all

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!