Graphic Graph"ic (gr[a^]f"[i^]k), Graphical Graph"ic*al (gr[a^]f"[i^]*kal), a. [L. graphicus, Gr. grafiko`s, fr. gra`fein to write; cf. F. graphique. See {Graft}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the arts of painting and drawing; of or pertaining to graphics; as, graphic art work. [WordNet sense 2] [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

2. Of or pertaining to the art of writing. [1913 Webster]

3. Written or engraved; formed of letters or lines. [1913 Webster]

The finger of God hath left an inscription upon all his works, not graphical, or composed of letters. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

4. Having the faculty of clear, detailed, and impressive description; as, a graphic writer. [1913 Webster]

5. Well delineated; clearly and vividly described; characterized by, clear, detailed, and impressive description; vivid; evoking lifelike images within the mind; as graphic details of the President's sexual misbehavior; a graphic description of the accident; graphic images of violence. [WordNet sense 5]

Syn: lifelike, pictorial, vivid. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

6. Hence: describing nudity or sexual activity in explicit detail; as, a novel with graphic sex scenes. [WordNet 1.5]

7. relating to or presented by a graph[2]; as, a graphic presentation of the data. [WordNet sense 3]

Syn: graphical. [WordNet 1.5]

{Graphic algebra}, a branch of algebra in which, the properties of equations are treated by the use of curves and straight lines.

{Graphic arts}, a name given to those fine arts which pertain to the representation on a fiat surface of natural objects; as distinguished from music, etc., and also from sculpture.

{Graphic formula}. (Chem.) See under {Formula}.

{Graphic granite}. See under {Granite}.

{Graphic method}, the method of scientific analysis or investigation, in which the relations or laws involved in tabular numbers are represented to the eye by means of curves or other figures; as the daily changes of weather by means of curves, the abscissas of which represent the hours of the day, and the ordinates the corresponding degrees of temperature.

{Graphical statics} (Math.), a branch of statics, in which the magnitude, direction, and position of forces are represented by straight lines

{Graphic tellurium}. See {Sylvanite}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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