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

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

Her client is also a visual artist and has spent time in Morocco, both of which are strongly communicated in the interiors, from the fearless use of shape, color, and texture to the Moroccan accents. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Almost Everything in This Colorful Family Home is Vintage," 3 May 2019 Her parents own a mom-and-pop print shop in nearby Mineola, and her mom is a visual artist. Eric Ray Davidson, Glamour, "Kacey Musgraves Isn’t Trying to Please Anybody but Herself," 28 Mar. 2019 It was directed by one of the most important and influential visual artists in film history, and the plot foretold the invention of virtual reality decades ahead of its time. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 Presumably, the visual world presented by the seven-dancer, 20-minute dance means to evoke an open-air environment with vegetation and insect life. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘ABT Women’s Movement’ Review: Creative Empowerment," 23 Oct. 2018 Google Goggles was launched in 2009, an early example of Google’s ambition to make the visual world as searchable as the internet. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google Goggles is dead; long live Google Lens," 17 Aug. 2018 That problem is how to process the visual world around us. Jeffery Delviscio, STAT, "In startled fruit flies, hints of how our brain circuits work — and fail," 25 June 2018 In tandem with the visual's release, Bey shocked fans by dropping a new album titled Homecoming: The Live Album which features a whopping 40 tracks. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Three of Beyoncé's Kids Made a Surprise Appearance in Her Netflix Documentary," 18 Apr. 2019 Rather than a sci-fi writer or crime novelist, the author to ignite such fanfare was Tonne Goodman, the legendary fashion editor who published Point of View, a visual memoir that documents her illustrious career at Vogue and other fashion magazines. Ian Malone, Vogue, "A Vogue-heavy Crowd Came Out to Tonne Goodman’s Point of View Book Party at Bookmarc," 17 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to making for cool visuals, the elephant walk is a fun way to remind other countries of American air superiority and its ability to muster a lot of warplanes fast. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Just Launched 24 F-22 Raptor Fighters at Once," 28 Mar. 2019 The movie maintains a light tone, bolstered by sunny albeit flat visuals, despite all of the provocative thematic threads. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "The Bounty of Netflix International," 29 June 2018 The controversy was [especially] surprising since Melania Trump, a former fashion model, is particularly attuned to visuals, including her sartorial choices. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Under Trump, Americans are becoming more supportive of immigration," 22 June 2018 The mixture of past and present made for compelling visuals, especially when the looks played up the Carters’ now famous couple’s style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "With “Apeshit,” the Carters Deliver a Fashion-Forward Art History Lesson," 18 June 2018 The visuals, sounds, and music all sync up in the game to further immerse players, Mizuguchi wrote on the PlayStation blog. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "A New Tetris Game Is Coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR," 6 June 2018 Collection 2 is a celebration of Black Love and the campaign’s visuals are set out to normalize Black American Life. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Pyer Moss’ Latest Reebok Campaign Tells a Black American Love Story," 5 Apr. 2019 Use minimalist visuals to reinforce the idea of honesty, value, and straightforwardness. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 Hulu took a lot of criticism for its menus and navigation, which favored pretty visuals over usability and convenience. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Verge Cord Cutter’s Guide: hardware, software, and services," 20 Dec. 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 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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