- (used with a singular verb) the art of drawing, especially as used in mathematics, engineering, etc.
- (used with a plural verb) graphic arts(def 1).
- (used with a plural verb) Movies, Television. the titles, credits, subtitles, announcements, etc., shown on the screen before, or as part of, a film or television program.
- (used with a singular verb) the science of calculating by diagrams.
- (used with a singular or plural verb) Computers. computer graphics.
- Computers. pertaining to pictorial information displayed, plotted, or printed by a computer: When you draw a picture on a graphics tablet the computer displays the same picture on the screen.
Origin of graphics
- 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 graphics
There are slideshows, graphics, interactive maps, heartbreaking narratives, anguished family members.The Malaysian Air Tragedy Reawakens a Primal Fear
Kelly Williams Brown
July 19, 2014
Twelve hours later – having inspired a whole new slew of maps and graphics – the General reversed himself.The Botched Hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
March 12, 2014
With details on every incident and graphics that painfully illustrate the toll, this one is not to be missed.Read This, Skip That: The Best of The Daily Beast in 2013
December 29, 2013
Though they may have a similar art style… the graphics are actually different and much better.A Game Called The Tribez: Inside the City-Building Behemoth
October 22, 2013
The graphics are awesome, but you already knew they would be.Grand Theft Auto V Review: The Best Game Ever?!
September 17, 2013
But in that case you are tied to call, and this fixity of programme is objected to by 'Graphics.'Yachting Vol. 2
This would have placed "Graphics" alongside of the copy-book and the spelling-book.In the School-Room
John S. Hart
A friend had lent me two Graphics, which I left on my blanket for a few minutes while I went the rounds.A Yeoman's Letters
P. T. Ross
He turned our baggage out on to a mat, and evidently meant to overhaul it thoroughly, when a few Daily Graphics caught his eye.The Land of the Black Mountain
Two damaged word puzzles have been restored in a graphics program, using the page-scans of the damaged originals as patterns.
- (functioning as singular) the process or art of drawing in accordance with mathematical principles
- (functioning as singular) the study of writing systems
- (functioning as plural) the drawings, photographs, etc, in the layout of a magazine or book, or in a television or film production
- (functioning as plural) the information displayed on a visual display unit or on a computer printout in the form of diagrams, graphs, pictures, and symbols
- 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 graphics
"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.
- The representation of data in a way that includes images in addition to or instead of text. Computer-aided design, typesetting, and video games, for example, involve the use of graphics.