Definition of visual in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈviZH(o͞o)əl/


Relating to seeing or sight: visual perception
More example sentences
  • It is a very successful way to convert an ordinary shot into one with a lot of visual appeal.
  • Experiments in visual perception have shown that the mind has a great influence on what we see.
  • However, Plato's distrust of sensory perception led him to reject the visual arts.
optical, optic, ocular, eye;
vision, sight
visible, perceptible, perceivable, discernible


(usually visuals)
A picture, piece of film, or display used to illustrate or accompany something.
Example sentences
  • On the technical side, the film has slick visuals and an impressive montage at the beginning.
  • The film has also visuals of a leading gold jewellery showroom in the State.
  • The visuals are all extremely cartoonish, a style that works best for such a parody.
graphic, visual aid, image, illustration, diagram, display;
show and tell



Pronunciation: /ˌviZHo͞oˈalədē/
Example sentences
  • Each demonstrates the ways a book makes an aesthetic experience of space, an experience registered against the long history of thematic links between modern visuality and the city.
  • Visual studies has to think through the ways of thinking about what visuality is - not just to look around at the endless proliferation of images and artifacts.
  • In the introduction the reader is presented with the dual concepts of Aura and Icon as reference points in the journey to mapping Mouride visuality.


Late Middle English (originally describing a beam imagined to proceed from the eye and make vision possible): from late Latin visualis, from Latin visus 'sight', from videre 'to see'. The current noun sense dates from the 1950s.

Words that rhyme with visual

audio-visual, televisual

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Syllabification: vis·u·al

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