Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to the sense of sight: a visual organ; visual receptors on the retina.
  • adj. Seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible: a visual presentation; a design with a dramatic visual effect.
  • adj. Optical.
  • adj. Done, maintained, or executed by sight only: visual navigation.
  • adj. Having the nature of or producing an image in the mind: a visual memory of the scene.
  • adj. Of or relating to a method of instruction involving sight.
  • n. A picture, chart, or other presentation that appeals to the sense of sight, used in promotion or for illustration or narration. Often used in the plural: an ad campaign with striking visuals; trying to capture a poem in a cinematic visual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Related to or affecting the vision.
  • n. Any element of something that depends on sight.
  • n. An image; a picture; a graphic.
  • n. All the visual elements of a multi-media presentation or entertainment, usually in contrast with normal text or audio.
  • n. A preliminary sketch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to sight; used in sight; serving as the instrument of seeing.
  • adj. That can be seen; visible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is eye-minded, that is, one who thinks, remembers, imagines, etc., predominantly in terms of sight.
  • Of or pertaining to sight; relating to vision; used in sight; serving as the instrument of seeing; optic: as, the visual nerve.
  • Visible; perceptible by the sight.
  • Resulting from the eye; produced by a look: as, visual influences.

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

  • adj. relating to or using sight
  • adj. visible

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin vīsuālis, from Latin vīsus, sight, from past participle of vidēre, to see; see vision.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French, from Late Latin visualis ("of sight"), from Latin visus ("sight"), from videre ("to see"), past participle visus; see visage. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And then we will calculate what we call a visual skin print, which is just like a finger print, except it's the impact of the light on your skin.

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  • CHILD: Well, he was in what they called visual presentation.

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  • Fifty percent of proceeds will go to African charities, Mr. Peter said, and he hopes the book will be the beginning of what he describes as a visual movement that will "create awareness" and "rebrand" destitute countries.

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  • The disputes concerning the theory of vision had very much divided the ancient philosophers; some of them imagining that vision was caused by the reception of rays into the eye; while a great many others thought it more agreeable to nature, that certain emanations, which they called visual rays, should flow from the eye to the object.

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  • (French link) have put together what they call a visual rumour roundup for the 4th gen iPhone.

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  • "I cannot overemphasize the importance of any device to any content over any combination of networks enabled by Cisco's technology architecture approach, but it also is important that video will play in not only communications to life but also in loading networks, what we call visual networking," Cisco CEO John Chambers said last month in Cisco's quarterly earnings call.

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  • NVIDIA IS DRUMMING up support for for what it calls visual and high-performance computing by offering cash to companies through a GPU Ventures Program.

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  • I express myself best through what I call my visual voice.

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  • "I cannot overemphasize the importance of any device to any content over any combination of networks enabled by Cisco's technology architecture approach but it also is important that video will play in not only communications to life but also in loading networks, what we call visual networking," Cisco CEO John Chambers said last month in Cisco's quarterly earnings call.

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  • But by that statement you seem to mean that what you call the visual evidence is correct and it is the writers of the Bible who were either ignorant, or willful deceivers, or both.

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