Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to written representation.
  • adj. Of or relating to pictorial representation.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or represented by or as if by a graph.
  • adj. Described in vivid detail.
  • adj. Clearly outlined or set forth.
  • adj. Of or relating to the graphic arts.
  • adj. Of or relating to graphics.
  • adj. Geology Having crystals resembling printed characters.
  • n. A work of graphic art.
  • n. A pictorial device used for illustration, as in a lecture.
  • n. A graphic display generated by a computer or an imaging device.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. drawn, pictorial
  • adj. vivid, descriptive
  • adj. grotesque or otherwise repulsively gory
  • adj. pornographic
  • n. A drawing or picture.
  • n. A computer-generated image as viewed on a screen forming part of a game or a film etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the arts of painting and drawing; of or pertaining to graphics.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the art of writing.
  • adj. Written or engraved; formed of letters or lines.
  • adj. Having the faculty of clear, detailed, and impressive description.
  • adj. Well delineated; clearly and vividly described; characterized by, clear, detailed, and impressive description; vivid; evoking lifelike images within the mind.
  • adj. describing nudity or sexual activity in explicit detail.
  • adj. relating to or presented by a graph{2}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the art of writing; concerned with writing, or with words as written; chirographic; orthographic: as, graphic representation; a mere graphic variation.
  • Written; inscribed; expressed by letters.
  • Pertaining to the art of delineation, drawing, or picturing; concerned with the expression or conveyance of ideas by lines or strokes, as distinguished from alphabetic characters: as, the graphic arts.
  • Exhibiting as in a picture; representing with accuracy; describing effectively or vividly; vivid.
  • Working by drawings to scale instead of by arithmetical calculations.
  • Concerned with position, not with measurement.
  • In pathology, a mode of studying diseases of the heart and the great vessels by tracings of an instrument, as the sphygmograph.
  • Concerned with or using graphs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an image that is generated by a computer
  • adj. relating to or presented by a graph
  • adj. evoking lifelike images within the mind
  • adj. of or relating to the graphic arts
  • adj. written or drawn or engraved
  • adj. describing nudity or sexual activity in graphic detail

Etymologies

Latin graphicus, from Greek graphikos, from graphē, writing, from graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin graphicus ("belonging to painting or drawing"), from Ancient Greek γραφικός (graphikos, "belonging to painting or drawing, picturesque, of or for writing; of style, lively"), from γραφή (graphē, "drawing, painting, writing, a writing, description, etc."), from γράφω (graphō). (Wiktionary)

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  • I must admit to some discomfort as a reader when meaning 4 collides with 9/10, viz:
    "Warning: Some images are graphic."
    - The Egypt Protests, 28 Jan 2011.

    February 1, 2011