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Painting definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PA'INTING, ppr. Representing in colors; laying on colors.
PA'INTING, n. The art of forming figures or resembling objects in colors on canvas or other material, or the art of representing to the eye by means of figures and colors, any object of sight, and sometimes the emotions of the mind.
1. A picture; a likeness or resemblance in colors.
2. Colors laid on.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface; "a small painting by Picasso"; "he bought the painting as an investment"; "his pictures hang in the Louvre" [syn: painting, picture]
2: creating a picture with paints; "he studied painting and sculpture for many years"
3: the act of applying paint to a surface; "you can finish the job of painting faster with a roller than with a brush"
4: the occupation of a house painter; "house painting was the only craft he knew" [syn: painting, house painting]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 13th century 1. a product of painting; especially a work produced through the art of painting 2. the art or occupation of painting

Britannica Concise

Art consisting of representational, imaginative, or abstract designs produced by application of colored paints to a two-dimensional, prepared, flat surface. The elements of design (i.e., line, color, tone, texture) are used in various ways to produce sensations of volume, space, movement, and light. The range of media (e.g., tempera, fresco, oil, watercolor, ink, gouache, encaustic, casein) and the choice of a particular form (e.g., mural, easel, panel, miniature, illuminated manuscript, scroll, screen, fan) combine to realize a unique visual image. The early cultural traditions of tribes, religions, guilds, royal courts, and states controlled the craft, form, imagery, and subject matter of painting and determined its function (e.g., ritualistic, devotional, decorative). Painters were considered skilled artisans rather than creative artists until eventually, in the Far East and Renaissance Europe, the fine artist emerged with the social status of a scholar and courtier.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the process or art of using paint. 2 a painted picture.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Paint Paint (p[=a]nt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Painted; p. pr. & vb. n. Painting.] [OE. peinten, fr. F. peint, p. p. of peindre to paint, fr. L. pingere, pictum; cf. Gr. poiki`los many-colored, Skr. pi[,c] to adorn. Cf. Depict, Picture, Pigment, Pint.] 1. To cover with coloring matter; to apply paint to; as, to paint a house, a signboard, etc. Jezebel painted her face and tired her head. --2 Kings ix. 30. 2. Fig.: To color, stain, or tinge; to adorn or beautify with colors; to diversify with colors. Not painted with the crimson spots of blood. --Shak. Cuckoo buds of yellow hue Do paint the meadows with delight. --Shak. 3. To form in colors a figure or likeness of on a flat surface, as upon canvas; to represent by means of colors or hues; to exhibit in a tinted image; to portray with paints; as, to paint a portrait or a landscape. 4. Fig.: To represent or exhibit to the mind; to describe vividly; to delineate; to image; to depict. Disloyal? The word is too good to paint out her wickedness. --Shak. If folly grow romantic, I must paint it. --Pope. Syn: To color; picture; depict; portray; delineate; sketch; draw; describe.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Painting Paint"ing, n. 1. The act or employment of laying on, or adorning with, paints or colors. 2. (Fine Arts) The work of the painter; also, any work of art in which objects are represented in color on a flat surface; a colored representation of any object or scene; a picture. 3. Color laid on; paint. [R.] --Shak. 4. A depicting by words; vivid representation in words. Syn: See Picture.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(paintings) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. A painting is a picture which someone has painted. ...a large oil-painting of Queen Victoria. N-COUNT 2. Painting is the activity of painting pictures. ...two hobbies she really enjoyed, painting and gardening. 3. Painting is the activity of painting doors, walls, and some other parts of buildings. ...painting and decorating.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia


See CRAFTS, II, 12.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Coloring. 2. Picture (in colors).

Moby Thesaurus

acrylic painting, aquarelle, calcimining, canvas, coating, coloring, covering, drawing, easel-picture, enameling, encaustic cerography, encaustic painting, finger painting, flower painting, fresco, fresco painting, genre painting, gilding, glazing, glossing, gouache, graphic artist, graphic arts, graphics, grisaille, illumination, illustration, impasto, japanning, monochrome, mural painting, oil, oil painting, photography, picturization, portraiture, poster painting, priming, printing, printmaking, relief-carving, shellacking, staining, stippling, tempera, the brush, undercoating, varnishing, wash, wash drawing, water, whitewashing


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