Definition of graphic in US English:

graphic

adjective

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

    ‘his mature graphic work’
    • ‘The artist's other graphic techniques are much less obvious.’
    • ‘Here are drawings, graphic works, watercolors, and oil paintings.’
    • ‘Copyright law does extend protection to useful objects if the object contains pictorial, graphic or sculptural features.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some of Picasso's graphic works are combinations of several techniques.’
    • ‘Her drawings are characterised by haunting graphic symbols embedded in smoothly-flowing designs.’
    • ‘A big part of my understanding is through drawings or graphic illustrations.’
    • ‘There are wonderful drawings demonstrating how the variety of graphic style which Rubens commanded surpassed that of arty high renaissance artist.’
    • ‘The children's drawings became graphic representations of their thinking.’
    • ‘I've been told my work has an Asian feel, perhaps because of the graphic style and brushwork.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She suggests that the work's graphic depiction of pain was the focus of an empathetic identification.’
    • ‘A set of finished art work will be available in graphic form.’
    • ‘Perky pastel colors top the graphic, symbolizing the rich, while the poor are on the bottom, represented by earth tones.’
    • ‘A graphic and sculptural sensibility provides a stable platform for the artist to explore his chosen subject with line, form and material.’
    • ‘Like maps, Lombardi's drawings use a graphic shorthand that viewers need to learn in order to navigate the material.’
    • ‘The carefully studied hands reveal the graphic origin of his designing, confirmed from the few drawings that have survived.’
    • ‘Both these examples show the persistence of a graphic style that is neither modernist nor Art Deco, but clearly widespread and enduring.’
    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’
      • ‘I then cut out the graphic image and saved it as a JPEG.’
      • ‘An icon is a graphic image that represents an available function on a computer's graphical user interface.’
      • ‘To present the most accurate graphic comparisons, pop-up images have not been re-sized.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Giving a vivid picture with explicit detail.

    ‘he gave a graphic description of the torture’
    • ‘The article described in graphic detail the events of the previous night.’
    • ‘Sharon gave me a long, detailed, highly graphic description of her sexual encounter with Tony in which she played the dominant.’
    • ‘He recalled his life of crime in graphic detail.’
    • ‘The extract was a very graphic, detailed description of a particularly violent rape, as told in past tense by the victim.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It painfully details the poignant and graphic account of one man's experience of MRSA.’
    • ‘In graphic detail, she describes the devastation that would follow, leaving up to 200,000 people dead.’
    • ‘Five years later, he stopped taking drugs after an Esquire magazine cover story described his habit in graphic detail.’
    • ‘Newspapers also report, in lurid and graphic detail, cases of abuse that these women experience.’
    • ‘The rumors have been flying for years, but the ‘Times’ collected a striking amount of graphic detail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A woman has described in graphic detail how she saw her friend being raped.’
    • ‘I was quite taken aback by the graphic details describing the author's sex life.’
    • ‘The last moments of a teenager's life have been described in graphic detail to a murder trial jury.’
    • ‘This book is definitely for older teens, as it is explicit and graphic in its description of various types of abuse.’
    • ‘They described in graphic detail their playground games - modern-day versions of our own ‘kissing games’.’
    • ‘Each of these chapters in his life is described in graphic detail, which may not be for the faint-hearted.’
    • ‘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.’
    vivid, explicit, expressive, detailed, uninhibited, striking, forceful, powerful, punchy
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  • 3Of or in the form of a graph.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has the advantage over grouped frequency distribution of retaining the actual data while showing them in graphic form.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On a typical chart, the price of an instrument is notated (on the y-axis) against time (on the x-axis) in graphic form.’
  • 4Geology
    attributive Of or denoting rocks having a surface texture resembling cuneiform writing.

    • ‘In graphic granite and in pegmatites, perthite is of common occurrence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We began with the ‘Famous Four’ of petrified wood, labradorite, graphic feldspar and ocean jasper, and continued from there.’
    • ‘The center focal is an Oval shaped piece of Graphic Feldspar with a beautiful design occurring naturally in the piece.’

noun

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

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

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

Pronunciation

graphic

/ˈɡrafik//ˈɡræfɪk/