[graf-iks] /ˈgræf ɪks/
(used with a singular verb) the art of drawing, especially as used in mathematics, engineering, etc.
(used with a plural verb) (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. .
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.
[graf-ik] /ˈgræf ɪk/
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, relating to, or expressed by writing:
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 relating to the .
a product of the , as a drawing or print.
a computer-generated image.
(functioning as sing) the process or art of drawing in accordance with mathematical principles
(functioning as sing) the study of writing systems
(functioning as pl) the drawings, photographs, etc, in the layout of a magazine or book, or in a television or film production
(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
vividly or clearly described: a graphic account of the disaster
of or relating to writing or other inscribed representations: graphic symbols
(maths) using, relating to, or determined by a graph: a graphic representation of the figures
of or relating to the graphic arts
(geology) having or denoting a texture formed by intergrowth of the crystals to resemble writing: graphic granite
1889, in reference to the use of diagrams, from graphic; also see -ics. Layout and typography sense attested from 1960; of computers by 1966.
“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.
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.
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.
- Graphics accelerator
graphics, hardware Hardware (often an extra circuit board) to perform tasks such as plotting lines and surfaces in two or three dimensions, filling, shading and hidden line removal. (1997-07-14)
- Graphics adapter
noun 1. (computing) (on a computer) the hardware that controls the way graphics appear on the monitor graphics adaptor
- Graphics adaptor
hardware, graphics (Or “graphics adapter”, “graphics card”, “video adaptor”, etc.) A circuit board fitted to a computer, especially an IBM PC, containing the necessary video memory and other electronics to provide a bitmap display. Adaptors vary in the resolution (number of pixels) and number of colours they can display, and in the refresh rate they […]
- Graphics card