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Meaning of picture by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A picture by Pere Borrell del Caso


    From Middle English pycture, from Old French picture, from Latin pictūra ( “the art of painting, a painting” ), from pingō ( “I paint” ) .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈpɪktʃə/, X-SAMPA: /"pIktS@/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈpɪk( t )ʃɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"pIk( t )S@`/
    • Rhymes: -ɪktʃə( r )


    picture ( plural: pictures )

    1. A representation of anything ( as a person, a landscape, a building ) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, by drawing, painting, printing, photography, etc .
    2. An image; a representation as in the imagination.
    3. A painting .
      There was a picture hanging above the fireplace .
    4. A photograph .
      I took a picture of that church .
    5. ( informal ) A motion picture .
      Casablanca is my all-time favorite picture .
    6. ( dated, informal ) ( "the pictures" ) Cinema ( as a form of entertainment )
      Let's go to the pictures .
    7. A paragon, a perfect example or specimen ( of a category ) .
      She's the very picture of health .



    picture ( third-person singular simple present pictures present participle picturing, simple past and past participle pictured )

    1. ( transitive ) To represent in or with a picture.
    2. ( transitive ) To imagine or envision.
    3. ( transitive ) To depict.

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    External links

    • picture in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • picture in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


    • cuprite

Explanation of picture by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. imagine

    2. show in, or as in, a picture

    1. graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface

    2. his pictures hang in the Louvre
    3. a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide

    4. a visual representation ( of an object or scene or person or abstraction ) produced on a surface

    5. they showed us the pictures of their wedding
    6. a typical example of some state or quality

    7. the very picture of a modern general
      she was the picture of despair
    8. a clear and telling mental image

    9. he described his mental picture of his assailant
      he had no clear picture of himself or his world
    10. the visible part of a television transmission

    11. they could still receive the sound but the picture was gone
    12. a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

    13. illustrations used to decorate or explain a text

    14. the dictionary had many pictures
    15. a graphic or vivid verbal description

    16. too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures
      the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland
    17. a situation treated as an observable object

    18. the political picture is favorable