pertaining to, expressed in, or of the nature of a picture.
illustrated by or containing pictures: a pictorial history.
of or relating to the art of painting and drawing pictures, the pictures themselves, or their makers: the pictorial masterpieces of the Renaissance.
having or suggesting the visual appeal or imagery of a picture: a pictorial metaphor.
a periodical in which pictures constitute an important feature.
a magazine feature that is primarily photographic.
- pic·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
- pic·to·ri·al·ness, noun
- non·pic·to·ri·al, adjective
- non·pic·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
- sem·i·pic·to·ri·al, adjective
- sem·i·pic·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
- un·pic·to·ri·al, adjective
- un·pic·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
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How to use pictorial in a sentence
A battery-powered robot — Kumiita — responds to pictorial instructions on the tiles.Gift Guide: 22 STEM toy gift ideas for every little builder | Natasha Lomas | November 23, 2020 | TechCrunch
The cloven foot is an evidence of a clean beast, and horns are attributed, pictorially at least, to Moses.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
A few punning devices occur among the early English printers, but they are not always clever or pictorially successful.Printers' Marks | William Roberts
It is accompanied by colored maps illustrating pictorially the results of statistical inquiries.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine | Robert H. Thurston
The introduction of base-ball in 1892 is chronicled pictorially in a grotesque illustration of the attitudes of the players.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV. | Charles L. Graves
As a matter of fact many more words are used pictorially than we are inclined to think.Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
British Dictionary definitions for pictorial
relating to, consisting of, or expressed by pictures
(of books, newspapers, etc) containing pictures
of or relating to painting or drawing
(of language, style, etc) suggesting a picture; vivid; graphic
a magazine, newspaper, etc, containing many pictures
(capital when part of a name): the Sunday Pictorial
- pictorially, adverb
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