Definition of graphic in English:


Line breaks: graph¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˈgrafɪk


  • 1Relating 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, depictive, illustrative, diagrammatic, drawn, written, in writing, delineative
  • 1.1 Computing 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.
  • 2Giving clear and vividly explicit details: a graphic account of the riots
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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, striking, forceful, powerful, punchy; lively, colourful, highly coloured, rich; lurid, shocking, startling; cogent, clear, lucid; realistic, descriptive, illustrative, pictorial, well defined, well delineated, well drawn, well expressed, photographic; telling, effective
  • 3Of 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.
  • 4 [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; icon, logo; diagram, graph, chart



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  • The respective probability values produced by these procedures were depicted graphically and compared.
  • The need for vigilance in patrolling standards and care was graphically highlighted in the recent foot-and-mouth scare.
  • The first call is received 10 minutes after coming on duty, and graphically demonstrates why emergency doctors prioritise calls.


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  • The graphicness of the gore, gave me flashbacks to the late 70's and early 80's, brilliant, being both shocking and realistic.
  • The difference between the two appears to be in the degree of graphicness, and the length of the questionable content.
  • I personally love it, the more graphicness the better, it let's me feel like I'm there.


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

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