- a dry insoluble substance, usually pulverized, which when suspended in a liquid vehicle becomes a paint, ink, etc.
- a coloring matter or substance.
- Biology. any substance whose presence in the tissues or cells of animals or plants colors them.
- to color; add pigment to.
- to become pigmented; acquire color; develop pigmentation: a poor quality of paper that doesn't pigment well.
Origin of pigment
Examples from the Web for pigment
The Daily Pic: Are the YBA's prints about the color of pigment, or the color of money?Hirst's Signature Marks the Spot
February 12, 2013
Had the image been painted on the cloth by a forger, the paint traces of the pigment would have remained on the surface.10 Reasons the Resurrection Really Happened
April 10, 2009
"I need to know something about the pigment patches," he said jerkily.
And there were the splotches of pigment of which Calhoun had heard.
Tan also is due to pigment in the skin and is caused by light.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
It is a matter of regret that this pigment is not equally efficacious in oil.
It has not been, however, employed as a pigment, or at least is not at present.
- a substance occurring in plant or animal tissue and producing a characteristic colour, such as chlorophyll in green plants and haemoglobin in red blood
- any substance used to impart colour
- a powder that is mixed with a liquid to give a paint, ink, etc
Word Origin and History for pigment
late 14c., from Latin pigmentum "coloring matter, pigment, paint," figuratively "prnament," from stem of pingere "to color, paint" (see paint (v.)). Variants of this word could have been known in Old English (e.g. 12c. pyhmentum). As a verb from 1900. Related: Pigmented; pigmenting.
- A substance used as coloring.
- Dry coloring matter, usually an insoluble powder to be mixed with water, oil, or another base to produce paint and similar products.
- A substance that produces a characteristic color in tissue.
- A medicinal preparation applied to the skin like paint.
- To color with pigment.
- An organic compound that gives a characteristic color to plant or animal tissues and is involved in vital processes. Chlorophyll, which gives a green color to plants, and hemoglobin, which gives blood its red color, are examples of pigments.
- A substance or material used as coloring.