pretty pictures

pretty pictures

(scientific computation) The next step up from numbers. Interesting graphical output from a program that may not have any sensible relationship to the system the program is intended to model, but good for showing to management.
References in classic literature ?
You have drawn two pretty pictures; but I think there may be a thirda something between the donothing and the doall.
There were two pretty pictures on the two sides of the wall in the cottage.
She liked pretty faces near her; as she liked pretty pictures and nice china.
All the pretty picture of the soft puppy, instinct with communicativeness, bursting with tenderness of petition, was veiled to his vision.
I fear me that the Jed of Gathol, though a pretty picture of a man, is little else."
They made a pretty picture in the western light which brought out the brightness of the apples on the old scant-leaved boughs--Mary in her lavender gingham and black ribbons holding a basket, while Letty in her well-worn nankin picked up the fallen apples.
It would have made a pretty picture, so many pretty girls kissing Rosa in the cold porch of the Nuns' House, and that sunny little creature peeping out of it (unconscious of sly faces carved on spout and gable peeping at her), and waving farewells to the departing coaches, as if she represented the spirit of rosy youth abiding in the place to keep it bright and warm in its desertion.
It was better still to see Amy pay him the daughterly duty and affection which completely won his old heart, and best of all, to watch Laurie revolve about the two, as if never tired of enjoying the pretty picture they made.
One story credits my unfortunate ancestor with having had the Spaniard cut in two; and that will fit the pretty picture also.
STORM Keating has admitted she hates been known as just "Ronan's wife" and said there's a lot more to her than "a few pretty pictures".
Unlike the artists who came before us we have saddled his 'cosmic beast.' Thus our pretty pictures are drawn with weird geometries, inhuman intelligence and alien substances ...
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