vi·​su·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ˌvi-zhə-wə-lə-ˈzā-shən, 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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The visualization, however, is more than just a pretty picture. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Watch This 3D Snowflake Model Melt Over and Over Again," 25 Apr. 2018 In one particularly moving visualization called The Eye, Pereira positioned satellite photos of ICE detention centers over the continental US. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "'ICE Is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis," 25 June 2018 Jamie Dimon isn't performing visualizations; Ray Dalio doesn't have a dream board; Warren Buffett isn't reciting mantras to himself. Barry Ritholtz,, "A millionaire mindset never made anyone rich," 6 Apr. 2018 The image below is a visualization of a small part of the data from an analysis of a breath sample. Andrea Soltoggio, Smithsonian, "Artificial Intelligence May Be Able To Smell Illnesses in Human Breath," 12 June 2018 Quartz Composer is a visual programming tool for creating data visualizations and graphical compositions. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS X, part III," 28 May 2018 Along with its narrative choices, the ending’s visualization of death has a catchy aspect, and is already being repeated across memes, providing a new way to express sarcastic anguish. Nick Allen, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why It's Hard to Move on After 'Avengers: Infinity War'," 5 May 2018 Many schools have tweaked math classes to include more visualization and lessons that relate more to real life. Kyle Spencer, Washington Post, "Here’s an approach to math phobia that could add up: Tackle the fear head on," 25 Mar. 2018 The result is that Tableau users can update their visualizations almost instantaneously to reflect new information. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "How Software Maker Tableau Helps Doctors Tame Data," 19 Mar. 2018

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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-​ \

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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