paint a picture

Definitions

  • Wall or fireplace tiles found at Jamestown which were made in Holland. The blue designs and pictures were painted on a white background
    Wall or fireplace tiles found at Jamestown which were made in Holland. The blue designs and pictures were painted on a white background
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v paint a picture call to mind "this remark evoked sadness"
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Quotations

  • Norman Vincent Peale
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    “If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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    “Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum.”

Usage

In literature:

As a pious Buddhist he painted pictures for temples among others.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
He turned to look at a picture painted by Frank which hung over the mantel.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
There arose before me, clearly as a painted picture, the pleading face of her I loved.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
You never painted a picture that was more beautiful.
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
He had decided to remain and paint a picture for the village church.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Eloquence is a painting of thought; and thus those who, after having painted it, add something more, make a picture instead of a portrait.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
This was a rare treat to the mill children, and oh, the faces of the pictures we painted in these days.
"The Harvest of Years" by Martha Lewis Beckwith Ewell
He painted a lurid picture, quoting from the history of pre-sanitation epidemics.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
What a picture you painted, and how I've tried to make it true.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
So I continued on to the bungalow garden, where Blythe sat on a camp stool under a green umbrella, painting a picture of something or other.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
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In poetry:

This gave a charm to the picture
Of especial power to me,
And my vision saw a painting
That none else on earth could see.
"A Picture" by Jared Barhite
'Twas a picture which looked from the canvas,
Painted though perfect to life,
And so sweet was the face and the tresses,
I dreamed that I made her my wife.
"A Dream" by Robert C O Benjamin
O painter bold and true, lord of every flying hue,
Whose immortal hand all lovely things implore,
Now to thy glory set, what never artist yet
Dared before:
Paint a picture of the mistress I adore!
"The Lover And The Painter" by Manmohan Ghose
The change I notice in my once own quarters!
A brilliant budded border where the daisies used to be,
The rooms new painted, and the pictures altered,
And other cups and saucers, and no cosy nook for tea
As with me.
"His Visitor" by Thomas Hardy
Pictures, just pictures piled from roof to floor,
Each one a bit of me, a dream fulfilled,
A vision of the beauty I adore,
My own poor glimpse of glory, passion-thrilled . . .
But now my money's gone, I paint no more.
"Room 4: The Painter Chap" by Robert W Service
'Twas the same old wretched story that for ages bards had sung,
'Twas a woman weak and wanton, and a villain's tempting tongue;
'Twas a picture deftly painted for a silly creature's eyes
Of the Babylonian wonders, and the joy that in them lies.
"'Ostler Joe" by George Robert Sims

In news:

Photos of Amazon 's Phoenix, AZ distribution center hit the internet and the images help paint a better picture of what it's like to work around the massive amount of inventory that comes into the largest ecommerce sites warehouse every day.
In analyzing the events leading to his departure prior to the Dodgers' game against the Rockies Tuesday, Beckett painted a very clear picture.
The study paints a picture of big pro.
The study paints a picture of big profit opportunities throughout the state.
The way he paints a picture and tells a story.
Letters written in support of the former Illinois governor's chief of staff paint a less than flattering picture of Rod Blagojevich.
About 1,000 people attended the event at the Phoenix Convention Center, where economists painted a generally brighter picture for 2013.
Justin Pike doesn't paint a rosy picture of war: Innocence is lost, painful decisions are made, good people die.
I f Norman Rockwell had painted a picture of the American family on Christmas morning (which he didn't.
If kids want to paint a picture, they can get brushes at an art store.
Cullen Jenkins painted a different picture of Jim Washburn than the one that has been circulating this week.
The latest news on unemployment paints a grim picture.
'Paint Nite ' paints a picture: Boston wants more creative ways to drink.
Now Tucson Police documents paint a better picture of the day the company reported more than a million dollars missing.
It takes practice to paint a realistic picture.
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In science:

So, instead of trying to paint the whole picture, I will give a few illustrative examples, selected according to my own limited expertise and taste.
The uses of random partitions
While the quantities in do capture several interesting cryptographic properties, they paint a very incomplete picture.
Assisted Common Information with an Application to Secure Two-Party Sampling
Statistical physicists have discovered that for typical models of random constraint satisfaction problems, the structure of the solution space appears to undergo remarkable changes as the constraint density increases. A common geometric interpretation of the clustering analysis paints the following picture.
Frozen variables in random boolean constraint satisfaction problems
While painting a less detailed a picture of these galaxies than ground-based radio telescopes do for the Milky Way and NGC 4258, Hubble observations have one ma jor advantage: they allow us to study supermassive black holes in a large number of galaxies.
Supermassive Black Holes
Following pictures for spatial patterns are painted by the same method. (a) t = 10 (b) t = 100 (c) t = 200.
Spatio-temporal Dynamics in the Origin of Genetic Information
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