What's a word that means "pictures or video"/"pictures and video"? I was considering "media" but not sure if that would be correct.

For example, when discussing the smartphone app Snapchat, it becomes very repetitive to say things like "with Snapchat pictures and videos can be shared with friends".

  • 2
    Media or multimedia is fine. – curiousdannii Jan 19 '15 at 8:38
  • @curiousdannii isn't media technically what the pictures or video travels through? – Celeritas Jan 19 '15 at 8:56
  • Like almost every word in every language, it has several meanings. – curiousdannii Jan 19 '15 at 9:13
  • 1
    Please write a sentence where you should use this word!! – user66974 Jan 19 '15 at 10:13
  • Your best bet is prolly just "images" and other than ugliness, what could be wrong with "stuff" or "things"? Of course it would be repetitive to say things like "with Snapchat pictures and videos can be shared with friends" and could you drop both "with Snapchat…" and "… can be shared with friends" and concentrate on the relevant "… pictures and videos…"? – Robbie Goodwin Jun 27 at 0:22

I suggest "visual media". (See the 2005 collection of essays on literature and the visual media here.)

| improve this answer | |

If you're looking for a title for your smart phone, try "Visual". enter image description here

| improve this answer | |

In the context given by the OP, I think imagery would be unambiguous. If the description needed tightening, that could be refined to 'visual imagery'.

| improve this answer | |

I am familiar with the phrase 'Audio-Visual aids' but it mainly relates to audio + pictures. However, possibly that would be of help as well.

| improve this answer | |

I think "Visual Content" gives a clear image, esp. for lay people.

| improve this answer | |
  • Welcome to ELU. This is an interesting suggestion, but it would make a better answer if you could expand it a little, with a rationelle, example or citation. For more information please check out our tour and help center. – Lucky Jun 14 at 19:02


adj. 1.1 (Of computer applications) incorporating audio and video, especially interactively
"multimedia applications"

noun 1.1 An extension of hypertext allowing the provision of audio and video material cross-referenced to a computer text
"Many of our fellows also worked in the sphere of multimedia as well as computer games."

| improve this answer | |
  • It's important to add details to support an answer. See how I have done it for you. :) – NVZ Jul 28 '16 at 17:50

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.