[peyn-ting] /ˈpeɪn tɪŋ/
a picture or design executed in paints.
the act, art, or work of a person who paints.
the works of art painted in a particular manner, place, or period:
"a book on Flemish painting."
an instance of covering a surface with paint.
1175–1225; Middle English; see paint, -ing1


[peynt] /peɪnt/
a substance composed of solid coloring matter suspended in a liquid medium and applied as a protective or decorative coating to various surfaces, or to canvas or other materials in producing a work of art.
an application of this.
the dried surface pigment:
"Don't scuff the paint."
the solid coloring matter alone; pigment.
facial cosmetics, especially lipstick, rouge, etc., designed to heighten natural color.
Chiefly Western U.S. a pied, calico, or spotted horse or pony; pinto.
verb (used with object)
to coat, cover, or decorate (something) with paint:
"to paint a fence."
to produce (a picture, design, etc.) in paint:
"to paint a portrait."
to represent in paint, as in oils, tempera, or watercolor:
"to paint an actress as the Muse of tragedy."
to depict as if by painting; describe vividly in words:
"The ads painted the resort as a winter wonderland."
to color by or as if by painting:
"Sunset painted the clouds pink."
to apply a substance to, as a liquid medicine or a cosmetic:
"to paint a cut with iodine."
verb (used without object)
to coat or cover anything with paint.
to engage in painting as an art:
"She has begun to paint in her spare time."
to put on or use facial cosmetics.
paint the town red, Informal. to celebrate boisterously, especially by making a round of stops at bars and nightclubs.
Also, paint the town.
1200–50; Middle English peinten (v.) < Old French peint, past participle of peindre < Latin pingere to paint; see picture
Related forms
paintable, adjective
paintless, adjective
outpaint, verb (used with object)
Example Sentences for painting
There was no more satire in it, so far as he is concerned, than in painting lilies white.
Thirdly, to examine painting roadways versus installing panels.
And painting of elephants and apes is definitely appreciation of beauty.
It is a good reason to take a picture of the painting to keep it's idea fresh.
Their paraphernalia, painting, scents and sounds do not appear in the house.
The painting manages to be both creepily otherworldly and sweetly realistic.
As a result, this painting had decades of yellowed varnish and considerable repainting.
Painting roofs white or in pastel colors helps a lot though.
Painting was a gamble, and photography was problematic.
The lower floor houses a collection of her painting, drawing and rough sketches.
British Dictionary definitions for painting
paint (peɪnt)
1.  a substance used for decorating or protecting a surface, esp a mixture consisting of a solid pigment suspended in a liquid, that when applied to a surface dries to form a hard coating
2.  a dry film of paint on a surface
3.  the solid pigment of a paint before it is suspended in liquid
4.  informal face make-up, such as rouge
5.  short for greasepaint
6.  to make (a picture) of (a figure, landscape, etc) with paint applied to a surface such as canvas
7.  to coat (a surface) with paint, as in decorating
8.  (tr) to apply (liquid) onto (a surface): her mother painted the cut with antiseptic
9.  (tr) to apply make-up onto (the face, lips, etc)
10.  (tr) to describe vividly in words
11.  informal paint the town red to celebrate uninhibitedly; go on a spree
[C13: from Old French peint painted, from peindre to paint, from Latin pingere to paint, adorn]

painting (ˈpeɪntɪŋ)
1.  the art or process of applying paints to a surface such as canvas, to make a picture or other artistic composition
2.  a composition or picture made in this way
3.  the act of applying paint to a surface with a brush

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Word Origin and History for painting
early 13c., from O.Fr. peinter, from peint, pp. of peindre "to paint," from L. pingere "to paint," from PIE base *pik-/*pig- "cut." Sense evolution between PIE and L. was, presumably, from "decorate with cut marks" to "decorate" to "decorate with color." Cf. Skt. pingah "reddish," pesalah "adorned, decorated, lovely," pimsati "hews out, cuts, carves, adorns;" O.C.S. pegu "variegated;" Gk. poikilos "variegated;" O.H.G. fehjan "to adorn;" O.C.S. pisati, Lith. piesiu "to write." Probably representing the "cutting" branch of the family are O.E. feol (see file (n.)); O.C.S. pila "file, saw," Lith. pela "file." The noun is from c.1600. The verb meaning "to color with paint" (mid-13c.) is earlier than the artistic sense of "to make a picture of" (late 13c.) and older than painting in the sense of "an artist's picture in paint" (late 14c.); but painter is older in the sense of "artist who paints pictures" (mid-14c.) than in the sense of "workman who colors surfaces with paint" (c.1400). To paint the town (red) "go on a spree" first recorded 1884; to paint (someone or something) black "represent it as wicked or evil" is from 1590s. Adj. paint-by-numbers "simple" is attested by 1970.
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painting in Medicine

paint (pānt)
A solution or suspension of one or more medicaments applied to the skin with a brush or large applicator. v. paint·ed, paint·ing, paints
To apply medicine to; swab.

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(also paint cards) Playing cards, esp picture cards (1931+)


red paint, war paint

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painting in the Bible

Jezebel "painted her face" (2 Kings 9:30); and the practice of painting the face and the eyes seems to have been common (Jer. 4:30; Ezek. 23:40). An allusion to this practice is found in the name of Job's daughter (42:14) Kerenhappuch (q.v.). Paintings in the modern sense of the word were unknown to the ancient Jews.

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