Paint v. t. [imp. & p. p. Painted; p. pr. & vb. n. Painting.]
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.
1. Covered or adorned with paint; portrayed in colors.
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean. --Coleridge.
2. Nat. Hist. Marked with bright colors; as, the painted turtle; painted bunting.
Painted beauty Zool., a handsome American butterfly (Vanessa Huntera), having a variety of bright colors,
Painted cup Bot., any plant of an American genus of herbs (Castilleia) in which the bracts are usually bright-colored and more showy than the flowers. Castilleia coccinea has brilliantly scarlet bracts, and is common in meadows.
Painted finch. See Nonpareil.
Painted lady Zool., a bright-colored butterfly. See Thistle butterfly.
Painted turtle Zool., a common American freshwater tortoise (Chrysemys picta), having bright red and yellow markings beneath.
adj 1: represented in a painting; "as idle as a painted ship upon a
2: coated with paint; "freshly painted lawn furniture" [ant: unpainted]
3: lacking substance or vitality as if produced by painting;
"in public he wore a painted smile"
4: having makeup applied; "brazen painted faces" [ant: unpainted]
5: having sections or patches colored differently and usually
brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted
desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied
daisies" [syn: motley, calico, multicolor, multicolour,
multicolored, multicoloured, particolored, particoloured,
piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured]