Definition of graphic in English:

graphic

adjective

  • 1Relating to visual art, especially involving drawing, engraving, or lettering:

    ‘his mature graphic work’
    • ‘The children's drawings became graphic representations of their thinking.’
    • ‘Her recent acrylic abstractions are boldly graphic with radiant colors in dynamic geometric compositions.’
    • ‘Apart from paintings he produced a good deal of graphic work, including numerous book illustrations in lithograph and woodcut.’
    • ‘A graphic and sculptural sensibility provides a stable platform for the artist to explore his chosen subject with line, form and material.’
    • ‘Here are drawings, graphic works, watercolors, and oil paintings.’
    • ‘Some of Picasso's graphic works are combinations of several techniques.’
    • ‘I've been told my work has an Asian feel, perhaps because of the graphic style and brushwork.’
    • ‘There are wonderful drawings demonstrating how the variety of graphic style which Rubens commanded surpassed that of arty high renaissance artist.’
    • ‘Copyright law does extend protection to useful objects if the object contains pictorial, graphic or sculptural features.’
    • ‘The artist's other graphic techniques are much less obvious.’
    • ‘A big part of my understanding is through drawings or graphic illustrations.’
    • ‘She suggests that the work's graphic depiction of pain was the focus of an empathetic identification.’
    • ‘Perky pastel colors top the graphic, symbolizing the rich, while the poor are on the bottom, represented by earth tones.’
    • ‘In contrast, her graphic wood engravings reflect the turmoil of the war years.’
    • ‘Both these examples show the persistence of a graphic style that is neither modernist nor Art Deco, but clearly widespread and enduring.’
    • ‘A set of finished art work will be available in graphic form.’
    • ‘Like maps, Lombardi's drawings use a graphic shorthand that viewers need to learn in order to navigate the material.’
    • ‘Three limpid watercolors reveal their development through a few washes applied to a pencil or ink line drawing, providing more graphic than chromatic complexity.’
    • ‘The carefully studied hands reveal the graphic origin of his designing, confirmed from the few drawings that have survived.’
    • ‘Her drawings are characterised by haunting graphic symbols embedded in smoothly-flowing designs.’
    visual, symbolic, pictorial, depictive, illustrative, diagrammatic, drawn, written, in writing, delineative
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    1. 1.1Computing Relating to or denoting a visual image:
      ‘graphic information such as charts and diagrams’
      • ‘An icon is a graphic image that represents an available function on a computer's graphical user interface.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To present the most accurate graphic comparisons, pop-up images have not been re-sized.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘It painfully details the poignant and graphic account of one man's experience of MRSA.’
    • ‘Each of these chapters in his life is described in graphic detail, which may not be for the faint-hearted.’
    • ‘He recalled his life of crime in graphic detail.’
    • ‘Sharon gave me a long, detailed, highly graphic description of her sexual encounter with Tony in which she played the dominant.’
    • ‘The rumors have been flying for years, but the ‘Times’ collected a striking amount of graphic detail.’
    • ‘The article described in graphic detail the events of the previous night.’
    • ‘A woman has described in graphic detail how she saw her friend being raped.’
    • ‘In graphic detail, she describes the devastation that would follow, leaving up to 200,000 people dead.’
    • ‘His book is a colourful and graphic account of a career that ended in 1945 when he was injured in an accident in the hold of his ship and was subsequently declared unfit for sea duties.’
    • ‘They described in graphic detail their playground games - modern-day versions of our own ‘kissing games’.’
    • ‘This book is definitely for older teens, as it is explicit and graphic in its description of various types of abuse.’
    • ‘Newspapers also report, in lurid and graphic detail, cases of abuse that these women experience.’
    • ‘They try and describe in graphic detail what goes on when an animal is killed.’
    • ‘A warning to those listening with small children - the following story contains graphic details of violence.’
    • ‘The last moments of a teenager's life have been described in graphic detail to a murder trial jury.’
    • ‘But here is a quote from one such e-mail by a Pakistani journalist covering the region that describes in graphic detail the choices people face.’
    • ‘But it is a remarkably detailed and vivid account, full of telling and graphic detail.’
    • ‘The extract was a very graphic, detailed description of a particularly violent rape, as told in past tense by the victim.’
    • ‘I was quite taken aback by the graphic details describing the author's sex life.’
    • ‘Five years later, he stopped taking drugs after an Esquire magazine cover story described his habit in graphic detail.’
    vivid, explicit, expressive, detailed, uninhibited, striking, forceful, powerful, punchy
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  • 3Of or in the form of a graph.

    • ‘Mean zero noise is associated with underestimation of distribution volumes when data are analyzed with graphic analysis.’
    • ‘It has the advantage over grouped frequency distribution of retaining the actual data while showing them in graphic form.’
    • ‘On a typical chart, the price of an instrument is notated (on the y-axis) against time (on the x-axis) in graphic form.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The plot option generates the frequency distribution in graphic form (histogram, box, and normal probability plots), and the normal option generates statistics to test the normality of the distribution.’
  • 4Geology
    [attributive] Of or denoting rocks having a surface texture resembling cuneiform writing.

    • ‘Graphic granite is a regular intergrowth of quartz and feldspar that gives an angular appearance suggestive of cuneiform writing (whence "graphic," which means "writing").’
    • ‘Graphic granite as a decorative stone has been used since antiquity.’
    • ‘In graphic granite and in pegmatites, perthite is of common occurrence.’
    • ‘The center focal is an Oval shaped piece of Graphic Feldspar with a beautiful design occurring naturally in the piece.’
    • ‘We began with the ‘Famous Four’ of petrified wood, labradorite, graphic feldspar and ocean jasper, and continued from there.’

noun

Computing
  • A graphical item displayed on a screen or stored as data.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This will convert the colored graphic into a black-and-white bitmap file.’
    • ‘The balloon was designed to be the first to burst through into the stratosphere, as illustrated by our computer graphic below.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You have displayed the graphic in the chosen video mode.’
    picture, illustration, image
    icon, logo
    diagram, graph, chart
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

graphic

/ˈɡrafɪk/