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Meaning of painting by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈpeɪn.tɪŋ/
    • Rhymes: -eɪntɪŋ



    1. Present participle of paint .


    painting ( plural: paintings )

    1. ( countable ) An illustration or artwork done with the use of paint( s ) .
      The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings .
    2. ( uncountable ) The action of applying paint to a surface .
      Artistic painting often takes longer then utilitarian house - etc. painting .
    3. ( uncountable ) The same activity as an art form .
      Some artists excel in both painting and sculpture, like Michelangelo .


    The same activity as an art form

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Explanation of painting by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the occupation of a house painter

    2. house painting was the only craft he knew
    3. the act of applying paint to a surface

    4. you can finish the job of painting faster with a roller than with a brush
    5. creating a picture with paints

    6. he studied painting and sculpture for many years
    7. graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface

    8. a small painting by Picasso
      he bought the painting as an investment

    Definition of painting by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Paint ( pānt ), 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. ποικίλος many-colored, Skr. piç 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; as, “to paint a political opponent as a traitor”.


      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.

    2. Painting, 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.