The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Graphic \Graph"ic\ (gr[a^]f"[i^]k), Graphical \Graph"ic*al\
(gr[a^]f"[i^]*kal), a. [L. graphicus, Gr. grafiko`s, fr.
gra`fein to write; cf. F. graphique. See Graft.]
1. Of or pertaining to the arts of painting and drawing; of
or pertaining to graphics; as, graphic art work. [WordNet
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
2. Of or pertaining to the art of writing.
3. Written or engraved; formed of letters or lines.
The finger of God hath left an inscription upon all
his works, not graphical, or composed of letters.
4. Having the faculty of clear, detailed, and impressive
description; as, a graphic writer.
5. Well delineated; clearly and vividly described;
characterized by, clear, detailed, and impressive
description; vivid; evoking lifelike images within the
mind; as graphic details of the President's sexual
misbehavior; a graphic description of the accident;
graphic images of violence. [WordNet sense 5]
Syn: lifelike, pictorial, vivid.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
6. Hence: describing nudity or sexual activity in explicit
detail; as, a novel with graphic sex scenes.
7. relating to or presented by a graph; as, a graphic
presentation of the data. [WordNet sense 3]
Graphic algebra, a branch of algebra in which, the
properties of equations are treated by the use of curves
and straight lines.
Graphic arts, a name given to those fine arts which pertain
to the representation on a fiat surface of natural
objects; as distinguished from music, etc., and also from
Graphic formula. (Chem.) See under Formula.
Graphic granite. See under Granite.
Graphic method, the method of scientific analysis or
investigation, in which the relations or laws involved in
tabular numbers are represented to the eye by means of
curves or other figures; as the daily changes of weather
by means of curves, the abscissas of which represent the
hours of the day, and the ordinates the corresponding
degrees of temperature.
Graphical statics (Math.), a branch of statics, in which
the magnitude, direction, and position of forces are
represented by straight lines
Graphic tellurium. See Sylvanite.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
74 Moby Thesaurus words for "graphic arts":
abstract art, albertype, art, art form, artist, arts and crafts,
arts of design, book printing, calligraphy, cave art, ceramics,
chromotypography, chromotypy, chromoxylography, collotype,
color printing, decoration, design, designing, electronography,
electrostatic printing, engraving, etching, fine arts, folk art,
gravure, halftone engraving, history of printing, job printing,
letterpress, letterpress photoengraving, line engraving,
lithography, lithogravure, lithophotogravure, mimeograph, offset,
offset lithography, onset, palaeotypography, photo-offset,
photochemical process, photoengraving, photogelatin process,
photographic reproduction, photography, photolithography,
phototypography, phototypy, photozincography,
planographic printing, planography, plastic art, primitive art,
printing, printmaking, publication, publishing, relief printing,
rotary photogravure, rotogravure, sculpture, sheetwork, stencil,
the arts, three-color printing, two-color printing, typography,
typolithography, wood-block printing, xerography, xeroprinting,