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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Shifting the camera between the actresses gave movement and visual interest to the ballad, even though everyone stayed pretty stationary. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Brutally honest rankings of Oscars 2020 musical performances, from Eminem's shocker to Elton John," 10 Feb. 2020 Black and white stations-of-the-cross hanging on the walls add to the visual juxtapositions. Dallas News, "Stay hip to booming Austin, where there’s always something new," 7 Feb. 2020 As the results started to roll in, its election needle slowly moved away from favoring Hillary Clinton and toward Trump in a visual that became representative of the latter’s surprising win. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'Just trolling at this point': New York Times mocked for bringing back 'election needle' for Iowa caucuses," 3 Feb. 2020 The Minneapolis Star Tribune is catching some fire from Packers fans after a column summarizing the 2010s in sports on Dec. 22 included a visual of Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr injuring Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Minneapolis Star Tribune depicts injury to Aaron Rodgers among its highlights of the decade," 27 Dec. 2019 The moment was a stunning soundless visual in the film that many viewers loved. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 In the steamy visual, the pair couldn’t seem to get enough of each other. Darlene Aderoju, PEOPLE.com, "Camila Cabello's New Album Romance Comes from Her Heart: 'Songwriting Can Be Therapeutic'," 11 Dec. 2019 For a visual of just how much that is, the number of Christmas cards sold in the U.S. each year could fill a football field 10 stories high. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Americans produce 25% more trash during the holidays. These tips might help.," 2 Dec. 2019 Beyond the aesthetic, this bold visual is all about making a positive statement and inspiring change. SI.com, "England Train in Special Jersey as Nike Celebrate Black History Month," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Featuring local DJs, each of the six themed universes feature its own visuals, musical genre and mood. Nicole Cormier, Dallas News, "Arlington is first U.S. stop for immersive traveling pyramid, PY1, presenting unique multimedia shows for the whole family," 14 Jan. 2020 Even bringing back Jeff Bridges couldn't save the film despite it's gorgeous visuals. Allen Kim, CNN, "After nearly 17 years, 'Bad Boys II' is getting a sequel. That wait is nothing compared to these movie sequels," 7 Sep. 2019 The modules are full of visuals and messages specifically targeted at fathers. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Rwanda’s radical plan to reduce poverty by harnessing fathers’ love," 8 Oct. 2019 These can sync with each other for exciting visuals, and even respond to sound. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Here are the latest smart home devices to integrate with Apple's HomeKit," 1 Aug. 2019 Tetris Effect is still Tetris filtered through a heady, sincere blend of hyper-chromatic visuals and plaintive electronic music. Sam Byford, The Verge, "Tetris Effect remains transcendent on PC," 24 July 2019 The ensuing film is an uncanny production, a sometimes-bizarre mélange of Planet Earth–esque visuals and youthful, animalian dialogue. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Fun of the Live-Action Lion King," 11 July 2019 In the past, developers had to know a little of everything — programming, visuals and design. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Super Mario Maker 2’ gives aspiring game designers a richer canvas," 5 July 2019 And that includes videos and visuals and the music and the sonics, instruments, and that's who I really was inspired by. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ally Brooke's Breakthrough Was the Product of Patience and Hard Work," 3 June 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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The first known use of visual was in the 15th century

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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Visual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visual?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=v&file=visual01. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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

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