[ vizh-oo-uh l ]
/ ˈvɪʒ u əl /
of or relating to seeing or sight: a visual image.
used in seeing: the visual sense.
perceptible by the sense of sight; visible: a visual beauty.
perceptible by the mind; of the nature of a mental vision: a visual impression captured in a line of verse.
a rough, preliminary sketch of an advertising layout, showing possible arrangements of material.Compare comprehensive(def 5).
any item or element depending on the sense of sight.
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Origin of visual
1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin vīsuālis, equivalent to vīsu(s) sight (vid(ēre) to see + -tus suffix of v. action, with dt > s) + -ālis -al1
OTHER WORDS FROM visual
non·vis·u·al, adjectivesub·vis·u·al, adjective, nounsu·per·vis·u·al, adjectivesu·per·vis·u·al·ly, adverb
un·vis·u·al, adjectiveun·vis·u·al·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH visualvisible visual
Words nearby visual
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Example sentences from the Web for non-visual
It's just that their aboutness can't be translated into non-visual terms.
In the heating of solid bodies to incandescence, this non-visual emission is the necessary basis of the visual.Six Lectures on Light|John Tyndall
British Dictionary definitions for non-visual
/ (ˈvɪʒʊəl, -zjʊ-) /
of, relating to, done by, or used in seeingvisual powers; visual steering
another word for optical
capable of being seen; visible
of, occurring as, or induced by a mental image
a sketch to show the proposed layout of an advertisement, as in a newspaper
(often plural) a photograph, film, or other display material
Derived forms of visualvisually, adverb
Word Origin for visual
C15: from Late Latin vīsuālis, from Latin vīsus sight, from vidēre to see
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Medical definitions for non-visual
[ vĭzh′ōō-əl ]
Of or relating to the sense of sight.
Seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible.
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