Meaning of GRAPHIC in English



Pronunciation: ' gra-fik

Variant: also graph · i · cal \ -fi-k ə l \

Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein

Date: 1637

1 a : of or relating to the pictorial arts also : PICTORIAL b : of, relating to, or involving such reproductive methods as those of engraving, etching, lithography, photography, serigraphy, and woodcut c : of or relating to the art of printing d : relating or according to graphics

2 : formed by writing, drawing, or engraving

3 usually graphic a : marked by clear lifelike or vividly realistic description b : vividly or plainly shown or described <a graphic sex scene>

4 usually graphical : of, relating to, or represented by a graph

5 : of or relating to the written or printed word or the symbols or devices used in writing or printing to represent sound or convey meaning

– graph · i · cal · ly \ -fi-k( ə -)l ē \ adverb

– graph · ic · ness \ -fik-n ə s \ noun

synonyms GRAPHIC , VIVID , PICTURESQUE mean giving a clear visual impression in words. GRAPHIC stresses the evoking of a clear lifelike picture <a graphic account of combat>. VIVID suggests an impressing on the mind of the vigorous aliveness of something <a vivid re-creation of an exciting event>. PICTURESQUE suggests the presentation of a striking or effective picture composed of features notable for their distinctness and charm <a picturesque account of his travels>.

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.