graphic

[graf-ik]

adjective Also graph·i·cal.

noun

a product of the graphic arts, as a drawing or print.
a computer-generated image.

Nearby words

  1. graphalloy,
  2. graphanesthesia,
  3. grapheme,
  4. graphemics,
  5. graphene,
  6. graphic accent,
  7. graphic arts,
  8. graphic design,
  9. graphic equalizer,
  10. graphic granite

Origin of graphic

1630–40; < Latin graphicus of painting or drawing < Greek graphikós able to draw or paint, equivalent to gráph(ein) to draw, write + -ikos -ic; cognate with carve

Related forms

-graphic

a combination of -graph and -ic, forming adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -graph: telegraphic.
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British Dictionary definitions for graphic

graphic

graphical

adjective

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
Derived Formsgraphically or graphicly, adverbgraphicalness or graphicness, noun

Word Origin for graphic

C17: from Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein to write; see carve

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Word Origin and History for graphic

graphic

adj.

"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.

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