fresco

[fres-koh]
noun, plural frescoes, frescos.
1.
Also called buon fresco, true fresco. the art or technique of painting on a moist, plaster surface with colors ground up in water or a limewater mixture. Compare fresco secco.
2.
a picture or design so painted.
verb (used with object), frescoed, frescoing.
3.
to paint in fresco.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Italian: cool, fresh (< Gmc)

frescoer, frescoist, noun
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fresco (ˈfrɛskəʊ)
 
n , pl -coes, -cos
1.  a very durable method of wall-painting using watercolours on wet plaster or, less properly, dry plaster (fresco secco), with a less durable result
2.  a painting done in this way
 
[C16: from Italian: fresh plaster, coolness, from fresco (adj) fresh, cool, of Germanic origin]

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fresco
1598, in fresco, lit. "in fresh," with a sense of "painted on fresh mortar or plaster," from It. fresco "cool, fresh," from P.Gmc. *friskaz (see fresh).
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fresco definition


A painting on wet plaster. When the plaster dries, the painting is bonded to the wall. Fresco was a popular method for painting large murals during the Renaissance. The Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, is a fresco, as are the paintings by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

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Fresco definition


1. An object-oriented API for graphical user interfaces, under development by the X Consortium as an open, multi-vendor standard.
2. An object-oriented specification language.
["Refinement in Fresco", in Object Oriented Specification Case Studies, K. Lano et al eds, P-H 1993].
(1996-04-28)
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Example sentences
IN simplest terms, fresco work is the painting of murals on wet mortar.
Shades of a cobalt blue fresco can be found above the stepped altar.
Great hall with fresco ceiling, dripping with chandeliers.
The families on the lower floors would open folding tables and dine al fresco
  on the street.
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