General English

  • adjective drawn in symbols or letters


  • adjective used to describe representation of information in the form of pictures or plots instead of by text


  • Pertaining to, or represented by a graph. Also spelled graphical.
  • Pertaining to that which has been drawn, recorded, or otherwise pictorially represented. Also spelled graphical.
  • Pertaining to graphics. Also spelled graphical.
  • A pictorial representation, especially that utilized to convey information. For instance, that displayed by a computer monitor or X-ray machine.

Media Studies

  • adjective including a number of vivid descriptive details, especially unpleasant and disturbing ones
  • noun a part of a film that consists of text and illustrations, e.g. the title and credits
  • noun a printed picture, drawing or diagram

Origin & History of “graphic”

The profoundest influence that Greek gráphein ‘write’ has had on English has no doubt been through its combining form -graphos, which has provided us with a whole host of words, both original Greek formations and new English ones, from autograph to telegraph. But descendants in their own right include graphic (which came via Latin graphicus from the Greek derivative graphikós), graphite (18th c.) (originally coined in German as graphit, from its being used in writing implements), and graph (19th c.) (short for graphic formular, a term used in chemistry for a diagram representing in lines the relationship between elements). Greek gráphein itself originally meant ‘scratch’ (it is etymologically related to English carve); it was applied to early methods of writing, by scratching on clay tablets with a stylus, and kept its job when writing technology moved on.