picture
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pictura, from pictus, past participle of pingere to paint — more at paint Date: 15th century 1. a design or representation made by various means (as painting, drawing, or photography) 2. a. a description so vivid or graphic as to suggest a mental image or give an accurate idea of something <
the book gives a detailed picture of what is happening
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b. a mental image 3. image, copy <
he was the picture of his father
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she was the very picture of health
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4. a. a transitory visible image or reproduction b. motion picture c. plural movies 5. tableau 2 6. situation <
took a hard look at his financial picture
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II. transitive verb (pictured; picturing) Date: 15th century 1. to paint or draw a representation, image, or visual conception of ; depict; also illustrate 2. to describe graphically in words 3. to form a mental image of ; imagine

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  • Picture — Pic ture, n. [L. pictura, fr. pingere, pictum, to paint: cf. F. peinture. See {Paint}.] 1. The art of painting; representation by painting. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Any well expressed image . . . either in picture or sculpture. Sir H. Wotton. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • picture — [n1] illustration, likeness of something account, art, blueprint, canvas, cartoon, copy, delineation, depiction, description, doodle, double, draft, drawing, duplicate, effigy, engraving, figure, icon, image, impression, lookalike, outline,… …   New thesaurus

  • picture — [pik′chər] n. [ME pycture < L pictura < pictus, pp. of pingere, to PAINT] 1. a) an image or likeness of an object, person, or scene produced on a flat surface, esp. by painting, drawing, or photography b) a printed reproduction of this 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • picture — ► NOUN 1) a painting, drawing, or photograph. 2) an image on a television screen. 3) a cinema film. 4) (the pictures) the cinema. 5) an impression formed from an account or description. 6) informal a state of being fully informed: in the picture …   English terms dictionary

  • Picture — 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. Spenser.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • picture — index characterize, conceive (comprehend), concept, contour (outline), delineate, depict, describe …   Law dictionary

  • Picture — Picture,   [engl.], Bild …   Universal-Lexikon

  • picture — vb *represent, depict, portray, delineate, limn Analogous words: describe, *relate, narrate, recount: *sketch, outline …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • picture — pic|ture1 W1S1 [ˈpıktʃə US ər] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(painting/drawing)¦ 2¦(photograph)¦ 3¦(television)¦ 4¦(description/idea)¦ 5¦(situation)¦ 6¦(mental image)¦ 7 put/keep somebody in the picture 8 get the picture 9 out of the picture …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • picture — I UK [ˈpɪktʃə(r)] / US [ˈpɪktʃər] noun Word forms picture : singular picture plural pictures *** Talking or writing about pictures: painting a picture that is made using paints drawing a picture that is made using a pen or pencils sketch a… …   English dictionary

  • picture — pic|ture1 [ pıktʃər ] noun *** 1. ) count a drawing, painting, or photograph: I noticed a picture on the dining room wall. a children s book with bright colorful pictures picture of: She showed me a picture of the house where she was born. a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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