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graphics

[graf-iks] /ˈgræf ɪks/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) the art of drawing, especially as used in mathematics, engineering, etc.
2.
(used with a plural verb) graphic arts (def 1).
3.
(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.
4.
(used with a singular verb) the science of calculating by diagrams.
5.
(used with a singular or plural verb) Computers. computer graphics.
adjective
6.
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.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; see graphic, -ics

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, relating 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 relating to the graphic arts.
noun
10.
a product of the graphic arts, as a drawing or print.
11.
a computer-generated image.
Origin
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 graphics'

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

graphics

/ˈɡræfɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the process or art of drawing in accordance with mathematical principles
2.
(functioning as sing) the study of writing systems
3.
(functioning as pl) the drawings, photographs, etc, in the layout of a magazine or book, or in a television or film production
4.
(functioning as pl) 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 and History for graphics'

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.

graphics

n.

1889, in reference to the use of diagrams, from graphic; also see -ics. Layout and typography sense attested from 1960; of computers by 1966.

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graphics' in Science
graphics
  (grāf'ĭks)   
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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