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[n] 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"
[n] a visual representation of an object or scene or person 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"
[n] a typical example of some state or quality; "the very picture of a modern general"; "she was the picture of despair"
[n] 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"
[n] the visible part of a television transmission; "they could still receive the sound but the picture was gone"
[n] 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"
[n] illustrations used to decorate or explain a text; "the dictionary had many pictures"
[n] 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"
[n] a situation treated as an observable object; "the political picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has changed in the last century"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"

Misc. Definitions

\Liv"ing pic"ture\ A tableau in which persons take part; also, specif., such a tableau as imitating a work of art.
\Pic"ture\, n. {Animated picture}, a moving picture. Pierre-perdu
\Pic"ture\, n. [L. pictura, fr. pingere, pictum, to paint: cf. F. peinture. See {Paint}.]
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. {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.'' --Spenser. I have not seen him so pictured. --Shak.

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