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.]
4. A depicting by words; vivid representation in words.
Syn: -- See Picture.
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.
n 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: 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: house painting]