[ vizh-oo-uh l ]
/ ˈvɪʒ u əl /



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

Related forms

Can be confused

visible visual Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for visual

British Dictionary definitions for 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

visually, adverb

Word Origin for visual

C15: from Late Latin vīsuālis, from Latin vīsus sight, from vidēre to see
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Medicine definitions for visual


[ vĭzhōō-əl ]


Of or relating to the sense of sight.
Seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible.
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