oil painting
noun Date: 1699 1. a. the act or art of painting in oil colors b. a picture painted in oils 2. painting that uses pigments originally ground in oil

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • oil painting — oil painter. 1. the art or technique of painting with oil colors. 2. a painting executed in oil colors. [1775 85] * * * Painting in oil colours, a medium consisting of pigments suspended in drying oils. Oil paint enables both fusion of tones and… …   Universalium

  • Oil painting — Oil Oil (oil), n. [OE. oile, OF. oile, F. huile, fr. L. oleum; akin to Gr. ?. Cf. {Olive}.] Any one of a great variety of unctuous combustible substances, more viscous than and not miscible with water; as, olive oil, whale oil, rock oil, etc.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oil painting — oil .painting n 1.) a picture painted with oil paint 2.) [U] the art of painting with oil paint 3.) he s/she s no oil painting BrE used humorously to say that someone is not very attractive …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oil painting — oil ,painting noun 1. ) count a picture painted with oil paint 2. ) uncount the art of painting pictures with oil paint …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • oil painting — n. 1. a picture painted in oil colors 2. the art of painting in oil colors …   English World dictionary

  • oil painting — oil paintings N COUNT An oil painting is a picture which has been painted using oil paints. Several magnificent oil paintings adorn the walls …   English dictionary

  • Oil painting — Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1503–06 Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil especially in early modern Europe, linseed oil. Often an oil such as linseed was boiled w …   Wikipedia

  • oil painting — UK / US noun Word forms oil painting : singular oil painting plural oil paintings 1) [countable] a picture painted with oil paint 2) [uncountable] the art of painting pictures with oil paint • be no oil painting …   English dictionary

  • oil painting — noun a) A painting done with oil paints. Very lovely! he said, staring her straight in the face. b) The art of painting with oil paints. You neednt try and be funny! she said. If you mean me, Im no oil painting, and I know it! …   Wiktionary

  • oil painting — noun 1 (C) a picture painted with oil paint 2 (U) the art of painting with oil paint 3 he s/she s no oil painting BrE humorous used to say that someone is unattractive or ugly …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • oil painting — /ˈɔɪl peɪntɪŋ/ (say oyl paynting) noun 1. the art of painting with oil colours. 2. a work executed in oil colours. –phrase 3. be no oil painting, Colloquial to lack good looks …   Australian English dictionary

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