noun a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating
- artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably
noun (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court
- he hit a jump shot from the top of the key
- he dominates play in the paint
noun makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks
verb make a painting
- he painted all day in the garden
- He painted a painting of the garden
verb apply paint to; coat with paint
- We painted the rooms yellow
verb make a painting of
- He painted his mistress many times
verb apply a liquid to; e.g., paint the gutters with linseed oil
Paint transitive verb
, fr. F. peint
. o peindre
to paint, fr. L. pingere
; cf. Gr.
many-colored, Skr. pic
to adorn. Cf. Depict
imperfect & past participle Painted; present participle & verbal noun Painting
- To cover with coloring matter; to apply paint to; as, to paint a house, a signboard, etc.
Jezebel painted her face and tired her head.
2 Kings ix. 30.
- Fig.: To color, stain, or tinge; to adorn or beautify with colors; to diversify with colors.
Not painted with the crimson spots of blood.
Cuckoo buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight.
- To form in colors a figure or likeness of on a flat surface, as upon canvas; to represent by means of colors or hues; to exhibit in a tinted image; to portray with paints; as, to paint a portrait or a landscape.
- Fig.: To represent or exhibit to the mind; to describe vividly; to delineate; to image; to depict.
The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.
If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
Syn. -- To color; picture; depict; portray; delineate; sketch; draw; describe.
Paint transitive verb
- To practice the art of painting; as, the artist paints well.
- To color one's face by way of beautifying it.
Let her paint an inch thick.
- (a) A pigment or coloring substance. (b) The same prepared with a vehicle, as oil, water with gum, or the like, for application to a surface.
- A cosmetic; rouge.
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