a. (used with a sing. verb) The making of drawings in accordance with the rules of mathematics, as in engineering or architecture.
b. (used with a pl. verb) Calculations, as of structural stress, from such drawings.
2. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) See graphic arts.
a. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The pictorial representation and manipulation of data, as used in computer-aided design and manufacture, in typesetting and the graphic arts, and in educational and recreational programs.
b. (used with a sing. verb) The process by which a computer displays data pictorially.
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