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graphic

[graf-ik] /ˈgræf ɪk/
adjective, Also, graphical
1.
giving a clear and effective picture; vivid:
a graphic account of an earthquake.
2.
pertaining to the use of diagrams, graphs, mathematical curves, or the like; diagrammatic.
3.
of, pertaining to, or expressed by writing:
graphic symbols.
4.
written, inscribed, or drawn.
5.
depicted in a realistic or vivid manner:
graphic sex and violence.
6.
containing graphic descriptions:
a graphic movie.
7.
Geology. (of a rock) having a texture formed by the intergrowth of certain minerals so as to resemble written characters.
8.
Mathematics. pertaining to the determination of values, solution of problems, etc., by direct measurement on diagrams instead of by ordinary calculations.
9.
of or pertaining to the graphic arts.
noun
10.
a product of the graphic arts, as a drawing or print.
11.
a computer-generated image.
Origin
1630-1640
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
graphically, adverb
graphicalness, graphicness, noun
nongraphic, adjective
nongraphical, adjective
nongraphically, adverb
nongraphicalness, noun
ungraphic, adjective
ungraphical, adjective
ungraphically, adverb
Synonyms
1. striking, telling; detailed. See picturesque.
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British Dictionary definitions for graphical

graphic

/ˈɡræfɪk/
adjective
1.
vividly or clearly described: a graphic account of the disaster
2.
sexually explicit
3.
of or relating to writing or other inscribed representations: graphic symbols
4.
(maths) using, relating to, or determined by a graph: a graphic representation of the figures
5.
of or relating to the graphic arts
6.
(geology) having or denoting a texture formed by intergrowth of the crystals to resemble writing: graphic granite
Derived Forms
graphically, graphicly, adverb
graphicalness, graphicness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein to write; see carve
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Word Origin and History for graphical

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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