graphics

[ graf-iks ]
/ ˈgræf ɪks /

noun

(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.

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. graphic granite,
  2. graphic novel,
  3. graphicacy,
  4. graphical,
  5. graphical user interface,
  6. graphics adapter,
  7. graphite,
  8. graphite cloth,
  9. graphitic,
  10. graphitize

Origin of graphics

First recorded in 1885–90; see origin at graphic, -ics

graphic

[ graf-ik ]
/ ˈgræf ɪk /

adjective Also graph·i·cal.

noun

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for graphics

graphics

/ (ˈɡræfɪks) /

noun

(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

graphic

graphical

/ (ˈɡræfɪk) /

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 graphics
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for graphics

graphics

[ grăfĭks ]

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.
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