Meaning of GRAPHIC in English


I. ˈgra-fik adjective

also graph·i·cal -fi-kəl

Etymology: Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein

Date: 1637


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-)lē adverb

• graph·ic·ness -fik-nəs noun


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

II. noun

Date: 1944


a. : a product of graphic art

b. plural : the graphic media


a. : a graphic representation (as a picture, map, or graph) used especially for illustration

b. : a pictorial image displayed on a computer screen

the program's graphic s are impressive

c. plural but singular or plural in construction : the art or science of drawing a representation of an object on a two-dimensional surface according to mathematical rules of projection

3. plural but singular or plural in construction : the process whereby a computer displays graphics

4. : a printed message superimposed on a television picture

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.