Definition of graphic in English:


Syllabification: graph·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈɡrafik


1Of or relating to visual art, especially involving drawing, engraving, or lettering: his mature graphic work
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  • In contrast, her graphic wood engravings reflect the turmoil of the war years.
  • Three limpid watercolors reveal their development through a few washes applied to a pencil or ink line drawing, providing more graphic than chromatic complexity.
  • Like maps, Lombardi's drawings use a graphic shorthand that viewers need to learn in order to navigate the material.
visual, symbolic, pictorial, illustrative, diagrammatic;
drawn, written
1.1Giving a vivid picture with explicit detail: he gave a graphic description of the torture
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  • The extract was a very graphic, detailed description of a particularly violent rape, as told in past tense by the victim.
  • They described in graphic detail their playground games - modern-day versions of our own ‘kissing games’.
  • In graphic detail, she describes the devastation that would follow, leaving up to 200,000 people dead.
vivid, explicit, expressive, detailed;
uninhibited, powerful, colorful, rich, lurid, shocking, impactful;
realistic, descriptive, illustrative, picturesque;
telling, effective
1.2 Computing Of, relating to, or denoting a visual image: graphic information such as charts and diagrams
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  • Our rule of thumb is to keep most pages less than 60K, including scripts, style sheets, and graphic images.
  • These scripts and applets can automatically place a graphic image of the expected legitimate URL on top of the address bar within the browser to hide the actual address that the browser is really being directed to.
  • I then cut out the graphic image and saved it as a JPEG.
2Of or in the form of a graph.
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  • Mean zero noise is associated with underestimation of distribution volumes when data are analyzed with graphic analysis.
  • This report includes a graphic analysis with the patient's results plotted against normal values so that the examiner can quickly see how a patient compares.
  • It has the advantage over grouped frequency distribution of retaining the actual data while showing them in graphic form.
3 [attributive] Geology Of or denoting rocks having a surface texture resembling cuneiform writing.
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  • Graphic granite is a regular intergrowth of quartz and feldspar that gives an angular appearance suggestive of cuneiform writing (whence "graphic," which means "writing").
  • In graphic granite and in pegmatites, perthite is of common occurrence.
  • Graphic granite as a decorative stone has been used since antiquity.


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A graphical item displayed on a screen or stored as data.
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  • The main factors that influence the display of graphics for the Web, are the size of the file and the screen display quality of the graphic.
  • A raster graphic is basically a bitmapped graphic (as opposed to a vector graphic), thus a raster bar is a bitmapped graphic of a bar.
  • You have displayed the graphic in the chosen video mode.
picture, illustration, image;
diagram, graph, chart;
(graphics)art, visual art


mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek graphikos, from graphē 'writing, drawing'.

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