grapho-, graph-, -graph, -graphy, -grapher, -graphia

(Greek: to scratch; to write, to record, to draw, to describe; that which is written or described)

As indicated at the bottom of this page, there is a significantly large number of graphic word-entry groups in this unit. Such an extensive listing is provided to show how important the grapho- element is to the English language.

graphic arts
The fine and applied arts of representation, decoration, and writing or printing on flat surfaces together with the techniques and crafts associated with each one; including painting, drawing, engraving, etching, lithography, photography, and the arts of printing.
graphic meridian [geodetic meridiageon]
A line on a spheroid or a reference ellipsoid (circular form) connecting points of equal geodetic longitude at every point.
graphicacy
The ability to use and to understand such things as symbols, diagrams, plans, and maps.
graphical
1. Something written or drawn or engraved.
2. Relating to, or presented by, a graph.
3. Describing something with accuracy.
graphics
1. The presentation of information in the form of diagrams and illustrations as opposed to words and numbers.
2. The art and science of storing, manipulating, and displaying computer data in the form of pictures, diagrams, graphs, or symbols.
3. The science of drawing something in accordance with mathematical principles, e.g., in architecture and engineering.
graphiologist
One who is skilled in the craft of writing.
graphiology
The art or craft of writing or delineating.
graphite
1. A soft, dark gray or black form of carbon that occurs naturally as a mineral and is also produced industrially.
2. Etymology: from German Graphit, "black lead"; coined in 1789 by German mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner (1750-1817) from Greek graphein "to write"; so called because it was used for pencils.

Mixed with clay, graphite is the "lead" in pencils.

graphite storage
The use of a material composed of nanosized fibers of graphite to absorb and to store hydrogen; a proposed technology for hydrogen-powered vehicles.
graphite-moderated
A description of a particular type of nuclear reactor distinguished by its use of graphite instead of water as the moderator.
graphocatharsis
1. The attainment of catharsis by the process of writing so one can re-experience repressed memories with their associated emotions.
2. The therapeutic discharge of repressed material and its associated affects by writing.
graphodia
An aversion to writing; a abnormal hatred of writing.
graphokinemics
Movements involved in writing.
grapholagnia
An urge to look at sexually-explicit, obscene, scatological, lewd, vulgar, pornographic, or offensive pictures.
grapholite
Any kind of stone slate which is suitable, or proper, for writing on.

Related "writing" word units: glypto-; gram-; scrib-, script-.