visual

[vizh-oo-uhl]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to seeing or sight: a visual image.
2.
used in seeing: the visual sense.
4.
perceptible by the sense of sight; visible: a visual beauty.
5.
perceptible by the mind; of the nature of a mental vision: a visual impression captured in a line of verse.
noun
6.
Usually, visuals.
a.
the picture elements, as distinguished from the sound elements, in films, television, etc.
b.
photographs, slides, films, charts, or other visual materials, especially as used for illustration or promotion. Compare audio, video.
7.
a rough, preliminary sketch of an advertising layout, showing possible arrangements of material. Compare comprehensive ( def 5 ).
8.
any item or element depending on the sense of sight.

Origin:
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

nonvisual, adjective
subvisual, adjective, noun
supervisual, adjective
supervisually, adverb
unvisual, adjective
unvisually, adverb

visible, visual.
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visual (ˈvɪʒʊəl, -zjʊ-)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, done by, or used in seeing: visual powers; visual steering
2.  another word for optical
3.  capable of being seen; visible
4.  of, occurring as, or induced by a mental image
 
n
5.  a sketch to show the proposed layout of an advertisement, as in a newspaper
6.  (often plural) a photograph, film, or other display material
 
[C15: from Late Latin vīsuālis, from Latin vīsus sight, from vidēre to see]
 
'visually
 
adv

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visual
early 15c., "coming from the eye or sight" (as a beam of light), from L.L. visualis "of sight," from L. visus "sight," from visus, pp. of videre "to see" (see vision). Meaning "relating to vision" is first attested c.1600. The noun meaning "photographic film or other visual
display" is first recorded 1951. Related: Visually.
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visual vi·su·al (vĭzh'ōō-əl)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to the sense of sight.

  2. Seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible.

  3. Optical.

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