[ peynt ]
/ peɪnt /
a substance composed of solid coloring matter suspended in a liquid medium and applied as a protective or decorative coating to various surfaces, or to canvas or other materials in producing a work of art.
an application of this.
the dried surface pigment: Don't scuff the paint.
the solid coloring matter alone; pigment.
facial cosmetics, especially lipstick, rouge, etc., designed to heighten natural color.
Chiefly Western U.S. a pied, calico, or spotted horse or pony; pinto.
verb (used with object)
to coat, cover, or decorate (something) with paint: to paint a fence.
to produce (a picture, design, etc.) in paint: to paint a portrait.
to represent in paint, as in oils, tempera, or watercolor: to paint an actress as the Muse of tragedy.
to depict as if by painting; describe vividly in words: The ads painted the resort as a winter wonderland.
to color by or as if by painting: Sunset painted the clouds pink.
to apply a substance to, as a liquid medicine or a cosmetic: to paint a cut with iodine.
verb (used without object)
to coat or cover anything with paint.
to engage in painting as an art: She has begun to paint in her spare time.
to put on or use facial cosmetics.
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paint the town red, Informal. to celebrate boisterously, especially by making a round of stops at bars and nightclubs.Also paint the town.
Origin of paint
1200–50; Middle English peinten (v.) < Old French peint, past participle of peindre < Latin pingere to paint; see picture
Related formspaint·a·ble, adjectivepaint·less, adjectiveout·paint, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for paint the town
/ (peɪnt) /
a substance used for decorating or protecting a surface, esp a mixture consisting of a solid pigment suspended in a liquid, that when applied to a surface dries to form a hard coating
a dry film of paint on a surface
the solid pigment of a paint before it is suspended in liquid
informal face make-up, such as rouge
short for greasepaint
to make (a picture) of (a figure, landscape, etc) with paint applied to a surface such as canvas
to coat (a surface) with paint, as in decorating
(tr) to apply (liquid) onto (a surface)her mother painted the cut with antiseptic
(tr) to apply make-up onto (the face, lips, etc)
(tr) to describe vividly in words
paint the town red informal to celebrate uninhibitedly; go on a spree
Derived Formspainty, adjective
Word Origin for paint
C13: from Old French peint painted, from peindre to paint, from Latin pingere to paint, adorn
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Medicine definitions for paint the town
[ pānt ]
A solution or suspension of one or more medicaments applied to the skin with a brush or large applicator.
To apply medicine to; swab.
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