• WordNet 3.6
    • v picture imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind "I can't see him on horseback!","I can see what will happen","I can see a risk in this strategy"
    • v picture show in, or as in, a picture "This scene depicts country life","the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
    • n picture graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface "a small painting by Picasso","he bought the painting as an investment","his pictures hang in the Louvre"
    • n picture a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
    • n picture a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface "they showed us the pictures of their wedding","a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"
    • n picture a typical example of some state or quality "the very picture of a modern general","she was the picture of despair"
    • n picture a clear and telling mental image "he described his mental picture of his assailant","he had no clear picture of himself or his world","the events left a permanent impression in his mind"
    • n picture the visible part of a television transmission "they could still receive the sound but the picture was gone"
    • n picture a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement "they went to a movie every Saturday night","the film was shot on location"
    • n picture illustrations used to decorate or explain a text "the dictionary had many pictures"
    • n picture a graphic or vivid verbal description "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures","the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland","the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters"
    • n picture a situation treated as an observable object "the political picture is favorable","the religious scene in England has changed in the last century"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Picture-Frame-Clamp Picture-Frame-Clamp
It Was a Picture to See Dad Go up Old Baldhead 214 It Was a Picture to See Dad Go up Old Baldhead 214
As Maria Pictured si Using his Bayonet 035 As Maria Pictured si Using his Bayonet 035
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...
Picture and Titles Picture and Titles
The next day the picture was gone The next day the picture was gone

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: French artist, Michel Vienkot, uses cow dung as paint when he creates his pictures
    • Picture A representation of anything (as a person, a landscape, a building) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, produced by means of painting, drawing, engraving, photography, etc.; a representation in colors. By extension, a figure; a model. "Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects.""The young king's picture . . . in virgin wax."
    • Picture An image or resemblance; a representation, either to the eye or to the mind; that which, by its likeness, brings vividly to mind some other thing; as, a child is the picture of his father; the man is the picture of grief. "My eyes make pictures when they are shut."
    • Picture The art of painting; representation by painting. "Any well-expressed image . . . either in picture or sculpture."
    • v. t Picture To draw or paint a resemblance of; to delineate; to represent; to form or present an ideal likeness of; to bring before the mind. "I . . . do picture it in my mind.""I have not seen him so pictured ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pollsters say that 40 percent of dog and cat owners carry pictures of the pets in their wallets
    • n picture The art or work of a painter; painting.
    • n picture A painting intended to exhibit the image of any person, scene, object, etc., in the natural colors, and with a more or less close approximation to the appearance of reality; especially, such a painting having sufficient merit to rank as a work of art.
    • n picture Hence, any resemblance or representation executed on a surface, as a sketch or drawing, or a photograph.
    • n picture An image; a representation as in the imagination.
    • n picture Any actual scene, group, combination, or play of colors, etc., considered as supplying the elements or as a suitable subject of a painting: as, the children at play formed a pretty picture.
    • n picture A vivid or graphic representation or description in words.
    • n picture In entomology, a colored pattern on a white or clear surface: generally used in describing the wings of Hymenoptera, Diptera, and Neuroptera. See pictura
    • picture To depict or represent pictorially.
    • picture To form a mental image or picture of; spread out before the mind's eye as in a picture.
    • picture To depict or describe in words; give a picture or vivid description of.
    • n picture A representative; a pattern: as, a picture of incompetence; a perfect picture of a horse.
    • n picture In medicine, the aggregation of phenomena presented by a disease.
    • n picture In theatr., the combined optical effect of the scenery, furniture, lighting, etc., and the groupings in which the performers may happen to be placed at any given moment in the play. As each group of performers tends to dissolve, as they move through the action of the play, there is presented on the stage a continuous series of pictures, one insensibly melting into the next, each being a combination of a group of people, with the scenery. The last picture in each act is usually held motionless for an instant to fix it upon the minds of the audience and thus suspend the interest until the next act.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first product that the toy company Mattel came out with was picture frames
    • n Picture pik′tūr a painting: a likeness in colours: a drawing: painting: a resemblance: an image: a vivid verbal description
    • v.t Picture to paint, to represent by painting: to form a likeness of in the mind: to describe vividly in words
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  • Horace
    “A picture is a poem without words.”
  • John Ruskin
    “They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.”
  • Lord Buckley
    Lord Buckley
    “You've got to watch your mind all the time or you'll awaken and find a strange picture on your press.”
  • Harry Emerson Fosdick
    “To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Objects in pictures should so be arranged as by their very position to tell their own story.”
  • Aristotle
    “The soul never thinks without a picture.”


A picture is worth a thousand words - A picture can often get a message across much better than the best verbal description.
Big picture - The big picture of something is the overall perspective or objective, not the fine detail.
Get the picture - If you get the picture, you understand a situation fully.
Picture perfect - When something is exactly as it should be it is said to be picture perfect.
Put you in the picture - If you put someone in the picture, you tell them the information they need to know about something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pictura, fr. pingere, pictum, to paint: cf. F. peinture,. See Paint


In literature:

She never watched the sunset, she never looked up into the starry sky at night, without picturing Elspie as there.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
But he loved pictures, and he knew there were books with pictures in them.
"'Me and Nobbles'" by Amy Le Feuvre
Before he had seen pictures complete, rhythmic pictures of streets and crowds, pleasantly blurred and in motion.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The picture is seen alone, but the printed page is one of a pair and makes with its mate a double diagram.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
The same picture stood ever upon the easel, the same beautiful unfinished picture!
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
The symbolism or picture sees things as they look at the moment the picture is taken.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
Cuthbert was essentially a Londoner, and his friends would have had difficulty in picturing him as engaged in country pursuits.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
Nor the picture after it was taken.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
I completed the mass of the picture in one day.
"The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" by James McNeill Whistler
He painted historical and religious pictures, portraits and animals; but his best pictures were of monks.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture" by Clara Erskine Clement

In poetry:

Once she had a tough time up at Wembley
In a picture called ‘Up for the Cup’
For her clothing got torn, she was as bare as you’re born
But thank Heaven she was sunny side up.
"The Sobstuff Sister" by Billy Bennett
The hard years came, the hard years went,
But, gentle, brave, and strong of will,
He met them all. And when today
We see his pictured face, we say,
“There’s light upon it still.”
"Lincoln" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Your hands came, and playing,
O'er their secrets straying
Picture after picture are portraying,
As the poet dreamed them,
In soul-travail teemed them,
Till your artist hands redeemed them.
"To Erika Lie" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Now the winds breathe softer music,
Half a song, and half a sigh;
While twilight wraps her purple veil
Around us silently,
And our thoughts appear like pictures,
Pictures shaded wondrously.
"Twilight" by Marietta Holley
The flatterer ceas'd, and smil'd adieu, Just wav'd her hand, and mild withdrew!
Cheer'd wi' the picture (fause or true)
I check'd despair, And frae that moment made a vow
To -- mourn nae mair.
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
"Come, draw your steel for the right, for the time wears on!
It is only a little way to Jerusalem!'
"I have seen the floating swan
And the lion, bloody with dawn,
I will make pictures of them."
"For Those Who Are As Right As Any" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

Say the name "Levittown," and you've just opened the cover to an American postwar picture album.
My eight-year-old son, Sean, and I were thrilled to see the beautiful picture taken by Glenn Sides of a local spider in the Sept 10 issue.
Not pictured is daughter, Kayla, and Jim's wife, Anna.
George Dennehy - picture from CBS News.
Samuel Rhodes keeps pictures of the dead in his pockets.
Mardy Fish, pictured here in September 2011.
And the Renaissance Society mounts 'Picturing People'.
Malick Sidibé pictures Mali's pop culture revolution.
What's Up's newest columnist Craig Smith muses on moving pictures and a few good things he's seen lately.
Picture books successfully nudge preschoolers to begin developing reading skills, and when kids start reading the words and not just the pictures.
Jordan Budde and Robert Ellsworth will be writing the buddy formula picture Boys Town for Touchstone Pictures, according to Variety.
A Verve Pictures (in U.K.) release of a Vainglorious Pictures production.
We've posted a picture to our Facebook profiles and tagged a friend, and that picture doesn't exactly show the friend's best side.
Take pictures of the family eating, working, or playing together (candlelight pictures are especially effective).
Sorry no picture for this one, my family ate it before we could take a picture of it.

In science:

The labels in the chambers indicate in the left picture the curves that are intersected negatively and in the right picture the support of the Zariski chambers.
Weyl and Zariski chambers on K3 surfaces
Nonetheless, Berkovits’ construction of a theory that is based on a large space vertex operators at picture number zero (the immediate analogues of the small space picture number −1 operators) led to a consistent, non-polynomial theory .
Democratic Superstring Field Theory: Gauge Fixing
Despite the success of the “non-polynomial” and the “modified” theories, one might wonder whether the zero picture is really what one should ultimately use, especially since, as we already mentioned, the off-shell structure is different at different pictures.
Democratic Superstring Field Theory: Gauge Fixing
With this restriction of the space of unbounded picture numbers, it was shown in v2 of , that the cohomology of Q − η0 is the correct one, i.e., it is identical to that of the same operator over an arbitrary bounded range of picture operators.
Democratic Superstring Field Theory: Gauge Fixing
The zero-picture small-space component of Λ generates the standard gauge transformations, while all other (NS) components generate picture changing.
Democratic Superstring Field Theory: Gauge Fixing