graphic

\ \ [17] The profoundest influence that Greek grápheinwrite’ 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 [18] (originally coined in German as graphit, from its being used in writing implements), and graph [19] (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.
\ \ Cf.CARVE, GRAFT, GRAPH, GRAPHITE

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • graphic — vivid, 1570s (implied in graphically), from L. graphicus picturesque, from Gk. graphikos of or for writing, belonging to drawing, picturesque, from graphe writing, drawing, from graphein to write (see GRAPHY (Cf. graphy)). Meaning of or… …   Etymology dictionary

  • graphic — [graf′ik] adj. [L graphicus < Gr graphikos, capable of painting or drawing, of writing < graphē, a drawing, writing < graphein, to write, orig., scratch, incise < IE base * gerebh > CARVE, CRAB1] 1. describing or described in… …   English World dictionary

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  • Graphic — (spr. gräffick), Titel einer seit Dezember 1869 in London erscheinenden illustrierten Wochenschrift für die Schilderung der politischen und unpolitischen Tagesereignisse, für Kunst, Wissenschaft und Literatur. Durch die Mitarbeiterschaft der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • graphic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to visual art, especially involving drawing, engraving, or lettering. 2) giving vividly explicit detail. 3) of or in the form of a graph. ► NOUN Computing ▪ a visual image displayed on a screen or stored as data.… …   English terms dictionary

  • -graphic — [graf′ikəlgraf′ik] combining form forming adjectives of or relating to a (specified) method or process for recording or describing [telegraphic, stenographic]: also suffix combining form graphical [graf′ikəl] …   English World dictionary

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