Meaning of VISUAL in English


I. ˈvi-zhə-wəl, -zhəl; ˈvizh-wəl adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin visualis, from Latin visus sight, from vidēre to see

Date: 15th century

1. : of, relating to, or used in vision

visual organs

2. : attained or maintained by sight

visual impressions

3. : visible

visual objects

4. : producing mental images : vivid

5. : done or executed by sight only

visual navigation

6. : of, relating to, or employing visual aids

• vi·su·al·ly ˈvi-zhə-wə-lē, -zhə-lē; ˈvizh-wə-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1938

: something (as a graphic) that appeals to the sight and is used for effect or illustration — usually used in plural

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