- giving a clear and effective picture; vivid: a graphic account of an earthquake.
- pertaining to the use of diagrams, graphs, mathematical curves, or the like; diagrammatic.
- of, relating to, or expressed by writing: graphic symbols.
- written, inscribed, or drawn.
- depicted in a realistic or vivid manner: graphic sex and violence.
- containing graphic descriptions: a graphic movie.
- Geology. (of a rock) having a texture formed by the intergrowth of certain minerals so as to resemble written characters.
- Mathematics. pertaining to the determination of values, solution of problems, etc., by direct measurement on diagrams instead of by ordinary calculations.
- of or relating to the graphic arts.
- a product of the graphic arts, as a drawing or print.
- a computer-generated image.
Origin of graphic
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Examples from the Web for graphic
Most of it is taken up by a graphic inviting the visitor to participate in the 2016 online presidential straw poll.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
Surely all this graphic talk of gastrointestinal distress is making you queasy.Why My Norovirus Panic Makes Me Sick
January 5, 2015
Detainees were described, in graphic detail, being rectally fed against their will.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
For anyone who cared to watch, the event and its denouement provided a graphic demonstration that the Iron Curtain was crumbling.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
His work also provides a graphic account of injured females who were assaulted by marauding “gangs” of Adélie males.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
It will enable me to judge of your powers of graphic description.Cleo The Magnificent
After scoring over my calmness in this graphic way he nodded wisely.The Secret Sharer
And I discovered in his speeches that this man of books could be graphic and picturesque.The Arrow of Gold
This, rather than the imaginative power, it was that made his descriptions so graphic.
It was a first night, and he was taking sketches for The Graphic.Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green
Jerome K. Jerome
- vividly or clearly describeda graphic account of the disaster
- sexually explicit
- of or relating to writing or other inscribed representationsgraphic symbols
- maths using, relating to, or determined by a grapha graphic representation of the figures
- of or relating to the graphic arts
- geology having or denoting a texture formed by intergrowth of the crystals to resemble writinggraphic granite
Word Origin and History for graphic
"vivid," 1570s (implied in graphically), from Latin graphicus "picturesque," from Greek graphikos "of or for writing, belonging to drawing, picturesque," from graphe "writing, drawing," from graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Meaning "of or pertaining to drawing" is from 1756. Related: Graphically. Graphic design is attested by 1956. Graphic equalizer is from 1969.