1. The art of painting; representation by painting. [Obs.]
Any well-expressed image . . . either in picture or sculpture. --Sir H. Wotton.
2. A representation of anything (as a person, a landscape, a building) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, produced by means of painting, drawing, engraving, photography, etc.; a representation in colors. By extension, a figure; a model.
Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects. --Bacon.
The young king's picture . . . in virgin wax. --Howell.
3. An image or resemblance; a representation, either to the eye or to the mind; that which, by its likeness, brings vividly to mind some other thing; as, a child is the picture of his father; the man is the picture of grief.
My eyes make pictures when they are shut. --Coleridge.
Note: ☞ Picture is often used adjectively, or in forming self-explaining compounds; as, picture book or picture-book, picture frame or picture-frame, picture seller or picture-seller, etc.
Animated picture, a moving picture.
Picture gallery, a gallery, or large apartment, devoted to the exhibition of pictures.
Picture red, a rod of metal tube fixed to the walls of a room, from which pictures are hung.
Picture writing. (a) The art of recording events, or of expressing messages, by means of pictures representing the actions or circumstances in question. --Tylor. (b) The record or message so represented; as, the picture writing of the American Indians.
Syn: -- Picture, Painting.
Usage: Every kind of representation by drawing or painting is a picture, whether made with oil colors, water colors, pencil, crayons, or India ink; strictly, a painting is a picture made by means of colored paints, usually applied moist with a brush.
Pic·ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pictured p. pr. & vb. n. Picturing.] To draw or paint a resemblance of; to delineate; to represent; to form or present an ideal likeness of; to bring before the mind. “I . . . do picture it in my mind.”
I have not seen him so pictured. --Shak.
n 1: a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or
abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the
pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of
images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates
them" [syn: image, icon, ikon]
2: 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]
3: a clear and telling mental image; "he described his mental
picture of his assailant"; "he had no clear picture of
himself or his world"; "the events left a permanent
impression in his mind" [syn: mental picture, impression]
4: a situation treated as an observable object; "the political
picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has
changed in the last century" [syn: scene]
5: illustrations used to decorate or explain a text; "the
dictionary had many pictures" [syn: pictorial matter]
6: a form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of
images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they
went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot
on location" [syn: movie, film, moving picture, moving-picture
show, motion picture, motion-picture show, picture
show, pic, flick]
7: the visible part of a television transmission; "they could
still receive the sound but the picture was gone" [syn: video]
8: a graphic or vivid verbal description; "too often the
narrative was interrupted by long word pictures"; "the
author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland"; "the
pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous
Vermonters" [syn: word picture, word-painting, delineation,
depiction, characterization, characterisation]
9: a typical example of some state or quality; "the very
picture of a modern general"; "she was the picture of
v 1: imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on
horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a
risk in this strategy" [syn: visualize, visualise, envision,
project, fancy, see, figure, image]
2: show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country
life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much
tenderness in this painting" [syn: depict, render, show]