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word picture

a description in words, especially one that is unusually vivid:
She drew a word picture of a South Pacific sunset.
Origin of word picture
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It remains as old-fashioned to-day as ever, but does not very closely resemble the word-picture Dickens draws of it.

    The Bath Road Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
  • Charcot's scheme of word-picture combination: 1, Auditory image.

  • He had already had a description from Jacques Sabatier, but a word-picture from another source might make the man clearer to him.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • He painted to the girl a word-picture of the horrible vision which he foresaw.

  • The word-picture I managed to draw up for circulation had nothing distinctive about it.

    Christopher Quarles Percy James Brebner
  • But, Dodo, you are not painting the word-picture of the Chickadee.

    Citizen Bird Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • He was a little taken aback for a moment by the eloquence and fidelity of his brother's word-picture, but stimulated to rivalry.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • I had expected a great argument, but this word-picture of the nameless criminal and his crime was dreadful in its realism.

    A Master Hand Richard Dallas
  • Burke's word-picture of that evening's catastrophe had been a vivid one; and John Denby could not forget it.

    The Road to Understanding Eleanor H. Porter
  • Yet, although it cannot be identified, the word-picture is too good to pass unheeded.

    Dickensian Inns & Taverns B. W. (Bertram Waldrom) Matz
British Dictionary definitions for word-picture

word picture

a verbal description, esp a vivid one
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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