Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French paint, peint, past participle of peindre, from Latin pingere to tattoo, embroider, paint; akin to Old English fāh variegated, Greek poikilos variegated, pikros sharp, bitter
Date: 13th century
(1) to apply color, pigment, or paint to
(2) to color with a cosmetic
(1) to apply with a movement resembling that used in painting
(2) to treat with a liquid by brushing or swabbing <paint the wound with iodine> 2. a. (1) to produce in lines and colors on a surface by applying pigments (2) to depict by such lines and colors b. to decorate, adorn, or variegate by applying lines and colors c. to produce or evoke as if by painting <paints glowing pictures of the farm> 3. to touch up or cover over by or as if by painting 4. to depict as having specified or implied characteristics <paints them whiter than the evidence justifies — Oliver La Farge> intransitive verb 1. to practice the art of painting 2. to use cosmetics II. noun Date: 1602 1. the action of painting ; something produced by painting 2. makeup; especially a cosmetic to add color 3. a. (1) a mixture of a pigment and a suitable liquid to form a closely adherent coating when spread on a surface in a thin coat (2) the pigment used in this mixture especially when in the form of a cake <a box of paints> b. an applied coating of paint 4. a powerful muscular pinto having quarter horse or Thoroughbred ancestry; broadly pinto — called also paint horse 5. free throw lane 6. computer-generated color design <a paint program>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.