2. 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.Bacon.
The young king's picture . . . in virgin wax.Howell.
3. 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
My eyes make pictures when they are shut.Coleridge.
Picture is often used adjectively, or in forming self-explaining compounds; as, picture book or picture-
book, picture frame or picture-frame, picture seller or picture-seller, etc.
Picture gallery, a gallery, or large apartment, devoted to the exhibition of pictures. Picture red, a
rod of metal tube fixed to the walls of a room, from which pictures are hung. Picture writing. (a)
The art of recording events, or of expressing messages, by means of pictures representing the actions
or circumstances in question. Tylor. (b) The record or message so represented; as, the picture writing
of the American Indians.
Syn. Picture, Painting. Every kind of representation by drawing or painting is a picture, whether
made with oil colors, water colors, pencil, crayons, or India ink; strictly, a painting is a picture made by
means of colored paints, usually applied moist with a brush.
(Pic"ture), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pictured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Picturing.] 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." Spenser.
I have not seen him so pictured.Shak.
(Pic"tured) a. Furnished with pictures; represented by a picture or pictures; as, a pictured scene.
(Pic"tur*er) n. One who makes pictures; a painter. [R.] Fuller.
(Pic`tur*esque") a. [It. pittoresco: cf. F. pittoresque. See Pictorial.] Forming, or fitted to
form, a good or pleasing picture; representing with the clearness or ideal beauty appropriate to a picture; expressing
that peculiar kind of beauty which is agreeable in a picture, natural or artificial; graphic; vivid; as, a picturesque
scene or attitude; picturesque language.
What is picturesque as placed in relation to the beautiful and the sublime? It is . . . the characteristic
pushed into a sensible excess.De Quincey.
Pic`tur*esque"ly, adv. Pic`tur*esque"ness, n.
(Pic`tur*esqu"ish), a. Somewhat picturesque. [R.]
(Pic"tur*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picturized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Picturizing.] [R.]
1. To picture.
2. To adorn with pictures.
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