(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.
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.

1885–90; see graphic, -ics Unabridged


adjective Also, graphical.
giving a clear and effective picture; vivid: a graphic account of an earthquake.
pertaining to the use of diagrams, graphs, mathematical curves, or the like; diagrammatic.
of, pertaining to, or expressed by writing: graphic symbols.
written, inscribed, or drawn.
depicted in a realistic or vivid manner: graphic sex and violence.
containing graphic descriptions: a graphic movie.
Geology. (of a rock) having a texture formed by the intergrowth of certain minerals so as to resemble written characters.
Mathematics. pertaining to the determination of values, solution of problems, etc., by direct measurement on diagrams instead of by ordinary calculations.
of or pertaining to the graphic arts.
a product of the graphic arts, as a drawing or print.
a computer-generated image.

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

graphically, adverb
graphicalness, graphicness, noun
nongraphic, adjective
nongraphical, adjective
nongraphically, adverb
nongraphicalness, noun
ungraphic, adjective
ungraphical, adjective
ungraphically, adverb

1. striking, telling; detailed. See picturesque. Unabridged
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graphic or graphical (ˈɡræfɪk)
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
[C17: from Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein to write; see carve]
graphical or graphical
[C17: from Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphein to write; see carve]
'graphically or graphical
'graphicly or graphical
'graphicalness or graphical
'graphicness or graphical

graphics (ˈɡræfɪks)
1.  (functioning as singular) the process or art of drawing in accordance with mathematical principles
2.  (functioning as singular) the study of writing systems
3.  (functioning as plural) the drawings, photographs, etc, in the layout of a magazine or book, or in a television or film production
4.  (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

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Word Origin & History

1610, "traced" (implied in graphical), from L. graphicus "picturesque," from Gk. graphikos "of or for writing, belonging to drawing, picturesque," from graphe "writing, drawing," from graphein "write," originally "to scratch" on clay tablets with a stylus. Meaning "of or pertaining to drawing" is from
1756; that of "vivid" is from 1669, on the notion of words that produce the effect of a picture.
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Science Dictionary
graphics   (grāf'ĭks)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Computing Dictionary

graphics definition

Any kind of visible output including text, images, movies, line art and digital photographs; stored in bitmap or vector graphic form.
Most modern computers can display non-text data and most use a graphical user interface (GUI) for virtually all interaction with the user. Special hardware, typically some kind of graphics adaptor, is required to allow the computer to display graphics (as opposed to, say, printing text on a teletype) but since GUIs became ubiquitous this has become the default form of visual output. The most demanding applications for computer graphics are those where the computer actually generates moving images in real time, especially in video games.
There are many kinds of software devoted to manipulating graphical data, including image editing (e.g. Photoshop), drawing (e.g. Illustrator), user interface toolkits (e.g. X Window System), CAD, CGI.
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Example sentences
Here's a fresh look at efforts to bring data to life using sound, motion and
The wireless can be slow on some sites or even lock on sites with lots of fancy
The best thing about the daily charts are the ridiculous graphics behind them.
They had short bites of information and bright, colorful graphics.
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