vi·​su·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌvi-zhə-wə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce visualization (audio) , ˌvi-zhə-lə-, ˌvizh-wə-lə-\

Definition of visualization

1 : formation of mental visual images
2 : the act or process of interpreting in visual terms or of putting into visible form
3 : the process of making an internal organ or part visible by the introduction (as by swallowing) of a radiopaque substance followed by radiography

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Cruise releases a visualization tool to help the autonomous-vehicle-curious explore self-driving data. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "A Tesla ‘Truckla,’ Robotic Pizza Delivery, and More Car News This Week," 23 June 2019 Today, watching a visualization of the annual growth and melt of the sea ice, Perovich says, can feel like watching a heartbeat - one that gets fainter and fainter every year. Anchorage Daily News, "For the biggest Arctic expedition ever, scientists will trap themselves in sea ice," 13 June 2019 The deal expands Salesforce’s product portfolio to include data visualization tools alongside its core customer relationship management software and the word processing and spreadsheet tools. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Salesforce Targets Microsoft, Google With Blockbuster $15.3 Billion Tableau Acquisition," 10 June 2019 Neither the open budget platform or the yet-to-come data portal represent the Olszewski administration’s first foray into data visualization and open government practices. Cody Boteler,, "Baltimore County publishes open budget tool in transparency push," 11 June 2019 Business intelligence uses the results to create predictive models, including data visualizations and other capabilities. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Google’s Looker Deal Fills Hole in Analytics Portfolio," 6 June 2019 Corn planting progress uses data from USDA and is based on visualizations by Andrew Kniss. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "After a biblical spring, this is the week that could break the Corn Belt," 4 June 2019 But the visualization of how much the switch has flipped on the richest and poorest Americans over the past two decades is stunning. Emily Stewart, Vox, "One chart that shows how much worse income inequality is in America than Europe," 29 July 2018 There were so many lessons learned, but perhaps most important was the idea of pre-visualization - to create the image in your mind’s eye. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Why Rob Decker is on a mission to photograph every National Park," 21 July 2018

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First Known Use of visualization

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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variants: also British visualisation \ ˌvizh-​(ə-​)wə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, ˌvizh-​ə-​lə-​ How to pronounce visualisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of visualization

1 : formation of mental visual images
2 : the process of making an internal organ or part visible by the introduction (as by swallowing, by an injection, or by an enema) of a radiopaque substance followed by radiography

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