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".

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    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
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    Please write a sentence where you should use this word!! – user66974 Jan 19 '15 at 10:13

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


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'.


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.


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



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."

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