Definition of visual in US English:



  • Relating to seeing or sight.

    ‘visual perception’
    • ‘Monogram and AMT produced some of the best visual celebrations of hot rod culture.’
    • ‘Indeed water in all its diverse forms has been mainly responsible for the visual feast that lies ahead.’
    • ‘Other blunders interfere more with the visual integrity of the building than its structure.’
    • ‘Such visual adverts seek to mobilise hopes which their very existence has helped extinguish.’
    • ‘They also point to the historical inclusion of visual arts in the festival.’
    • ‘Previously, visual checks were carried out but this could be very subjective.’
    • ‘Her training in visual arts enables her to create her scenes as though each image is to be framed.’
    • ‘However, Plato's distrust of sensory perception led him to reject the visual arts.’
    • ‘When only the first two rows of an eye chart are read it is called moderate visual impairment.’
    • ‘You have to generate visual energy, emotions and memories with inert, dead materials.’
    • ‘The graphics have been upgraded, improving even further on the visual quality.’
    • ‘It is a very successful way to convert an ordinary shot into one with a lot of visual appeal.’
    • ‘There are a couple of visual effects that are stunning and the pacing is just brilliant.’
    • ‘Her performance earned her a bronze medal in the visual impairment category.’
    • ‘I feel they are concentrating on the visual side rather than the practical problems we are facing.’
    • ‘There are very strong arguments that wind turbines spoil the visual appearance of the landscape.’
    • ‘The dishes that ranged from pudding, juice to salads proved to be a visual treat as well.’
    • ‘Taken together, these elements add up to a beautiful visual blend of the old and the new.’
    • ‘Experiments in visual perception have shown that the mind has a great influence on what we see.’
    • ‘For the greatest visual impact, a rock garden should be constructed on as large a scale as the site will allow.’
    optical, seeing, optic, ocular, eye
    visible, perceptible, perceivable, seeable, to be seen, discernible
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usually visuals
  • A picture, piece of film, or display used to illustrate or accompany something.

    • ‘No dialogue, no indication of the plot, just amazing visuals and music.’
    • ‘With a film so preoccupied with tone, style and visuals the lead performances are all the more important.’
    • ‘The visuals are all extremely cartoonish, a style that works best for such a parody.’
    • ‘Rough edits of visuals were sent out to musicians who were asked to use them as the basis for producing soundtracks.’
    • ‘The film has also visuals of a leading gold jewellery showroom in the State.’
    • ‘The digital visuals have to be converted into film which can be run through a projector.’
    • ‘Anybody that thinks that a rock band offers better visuals might want to revert to using candles instead of lightbulbs.’
    • ‘This mixture of fashion and function can be seen in the bright visuals of Safari Chic.’
    • ‘What a great original use of a concept that brings the reader such visuals from your writing.’
    • ‘Add visuals, complete with wigs and gowns, and the image is even less flattering.’
    • ‘The book is pretty heavy on the visuals, with lots of posters and performance shots.’
    • ‘If the audience gets the visuals and something beyond that, that will be cool.’
    • ‘Every so often, director Bille Eltringham has a psychedelic fit and the visuals go arty.’
    • ‘With some fabulous visuals thrown into the mix there's a lot to like about this game.’
    • ‘Getting the visuals of the songs of the films produced four decades back was no mean task.’
    • ‘The whole film was just full of interesting visuals, and a really crackling style.’
    • ‘Anyway, the visuals were beautiful and the flight scenes were amazing.’
    • ‘On the technical side, the film has slick visuals and an impressive montage at the beginning.’
    • ‘Lots of anime looks great when you see small visuals on Blog pages.’
    • ‘Running for eight minutes, the film speaks more through the visuals than the dialogues.’


Late Middle English (originally describing a beam imagined to proceed from the eye and make vision possible): from late Latin visualis, from Latin visus ‘sight’, from videre ‘to see’. The current noun sense dates from the 1950s.