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 for Graphic arts
From 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
        sense 2]
        [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
     2. Of or pertaining to the art of writing.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Written or engraved; formed of letters or lines.
        [1913 Webster]
              The finger of God hath left an inscription upon all
              his works, not graphical, or composed of letters.
                                                    --Sir T.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. Having the faculty of clear, detailed, and impressive
        description; as, a graphic writer.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [WordNet 1.5]
     7. relating to or presented by a graph[2]; as, a graphic
        presentation of the data. [WordNet sense 3]
     Syn: graphical.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     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.
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From 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,
     xylotypography, zincography

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