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 spectacle outside the rally on Monday served as a visual and visceral counterpoint. Manny Fernandez, The Seattle Times, "Line for Trump’s Houston rally formed more than a day in advance," 22 Oct. 2018 The need for visual and verbal assistance had shot down dramatically, and the number of steps increased. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Paralyzed Man Walks Again With Surgical Implant," 25 Sep. 2018 In fact, his list of numbers is the perfect visual representation of his life: balanced. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Million Dollar Contractor Stephen Fanuka On His Favorite Celebrity Renovation Memories," 20 July 2018 The rest of the skins' visual elements dance and toy with players' periphery—and, even more importantly, employ astonishing depth-of-field effects. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 In the update rolling out to phones, Google is adding sliders, buttons, pictures, and other visual elements to amp up the Assistant experience. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google preps for Pixel 3, smart display launch with a visual Assistant makeover," 3 Oct. 2018 With the surprise single, Del Rey released a conceptual black-and-white video directed by her sister, visual artist Chuck Grant. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Drops New Song, "Mariners Apartment Complex," and Announces 2019 Album," 12 Sep. 2018 In the 1970s, the visual artist Constant Nieuwenhuys built on these concepts to imagine New Babylon, a utopian, anti-capitalist network of cities composed entirely of leisure spaces. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Eighteen artists were handpicked by Ms. Jampol in 2016 to tell visual stories about Newark’s culture and heritage. New York Times, "Another Royal Wedding. This One Newark Style.," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Elegant plate-style illustrations by co-curator Chris Wormell provide the visuals. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Fox News and other right-wing media outlets have followed suit, showing video footage of thousands of migrants making their way through Mexico, as if the visuals provide some evidence for Trump’s talking points. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Donald Trump’s race-baiting closing argument going into Election Day, explained," 2 Nov. 2018 Sound Seers™: These acoustic sensors listen for audio that indicates a weapon is being activated and about to be used, supplementing the S-Pod’s visuals. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 This season, Dior turned to dance to produce the music and visuals for its spring-summer collection, infused with diaphanous, tulle-rich gowns. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 All were praised for brilliantly highlighting the video's characters, in addition to the cinematic visuals. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Karena Evans Is the Storyteller We Need Right Now," 23 Aug. 2018 The main screen was the same size, but the visuals extended down the walls and into the audience’s peripheral vision. Ruth Brown, Fox News, "Meet cinemas' latest effort to fend off Netflix," 14 Aug. 2018 Marathi, Hindi, English Punjabi, and Gujarati (all subtitled; turn off the awful English dubbing)—and the arrestingly chromatic visuals. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Sacred Games Is Your Next Binge Watch," 20 July 2018 Outside of television, Murai has been tapped for projects from a short film for Nike featuring Chance the Rapper, to the video visuals that accompanied Frank Ocean’s performance on the Grammys. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The L.A. Director Behind Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” Video Is Making His Mark," 9 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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