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

This is by no means the first case where photographers and visual artists have butted heads. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Warhol’s Prince Image Doesn’t Violate Copyright, Judge Rules," 4 July 2019 In 2014, San Diego banned the overnight parking of RVs on city streets between 2 and 6 a.m. Residents of the nearby Terra Vista condominium complex expressed concerns about safety, visual impact and potential declines in property values. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego approves controversial RV lot in Rancho Penasquitos," 25 June 2019 The first year the presentation featured singers, piano players, guitar pickers, authors and the visual artists. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Artists, musicians offer gift to Liberty County, June 15," 13 June 2019 In an age when so many visual artists are mixing mediums, biographers, too, are blurring boundaries. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, "Seeking the Real David Hockney Through Fact and Fiction," 11 June 2019 The key is a sleek with a form-fitting dress and layerable elements, which ensure that the visual impact is uninterrupted. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "5 Chic Outfits that Take the Stress Out of Valentine's Day Dressing," 30 Jan. 2019 Consider new cabinet coverings The easiest way to get the biggest visual impact is by investing in new cabinet coverings. Jennifer Baum Lagdameo, Curbed, "8 easy ways to revamp your kitchen," 23 July 2018 White does the film programming for Vidlings & Tapeheads, but the bands and visual artists are chosen by the local Seraphine Collective, a network of women-femme-nonbinary musicians, artists and DJs. John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, "Vidlings & Tapeheads fest, now in its 3rd year, brings together film, art and local bands," 27 June 2019 Wander through the massive complex and discover amazing works by visual artists across all mediums. al.com, "24 Hours on the Downtown Huntsville Craft Beer Trail," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Rumors about Gaga's line have been swirling for months—the latest being leaked photos over the weekend that indicate visuals may or may not be Photoshop-free—but today Little Monsters are finally getting some answers. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "Everything We Know About Haus Laboratories, Lady Gaga’s Makeup Line," 9 July 2019 Cincy moments This week’s show included visuals from some of the city’s most well-known spots such as Roebling Bridge and the SkyWheel at The Banks. Noelle Zielinski, Cincinnati.com, "Here are the best moments from the Cincinnati episode of 'American Ninja Warrior'," 8 July 2019 In an era dominated by fleeting, fungible digital interactions, Poster House is a triumphant monument to the idea that powerful visuals on ink and paper can shape culture and sometimes even alter the course of history. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new museum dedicated to the enduring power of posters opens in New York City," 20 June 2019 All the post-Soviet Union things, literally my whole childhood from food to music to artists to visuals was exhausted in those few years. Vogue, "“Speed Up / Slow Down”: Meditations on Time, Scale, and Assessing Value from Francesco Risso, Benjamin Kirchhoff, and More," 14 June 2019 There’s no question that LANY deserves to be the main event – the energy of Klein and fans alike made for an infectiously vibrant performance, matched only by the colorful visuals behind the band. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "LANY Return to the Stage in L.A. With Electric Energy, Vibrant Visuals: Recap," 28 June 2019 Themes move too quickly from strings to brass to winds for the visuals to be aligned with the music. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Big screens and other distractions keep invading our concert spaces. Can we just focus on the music?," 26 June 2019 All three siblings appeared in the visuals with their wives, Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, and Danielle Jonas. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Helped Inspire the Jonas Brothers Reunion," 6 June 2019 Gunners and engineers are frenetically torn between experiencing the visuals and turning to use the controls, which are awkwardly placed to their side. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 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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More Definitions for visual

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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