[ pik-cher ]
/ ˈpɪk tʃər /
a visual representation of a person, object, or scene, as a painting, drawing, photograph, etc.: I carry a picture of my grandchild in my wallet.
any visible image, however produced: pictures reflected in a pool of water.
a mental image: a clear picture of how he had looked that day.
a particular image or reality as portrayed in an account or description; depiction; version.
a tableau, as in theatrical representation.
pictures, Informal: Older Use. movies.
a person, thing, group, or scene regarded as resembling a work of pictorial art in beauty, fineness of appearance, etc.: She was a picture in her new blue dress.
the image or perfect likeness of someone else: He is the picture of his father.
a visible or concrete embodiment of some quality or condition: the picture of health.
a situation or set of circumstances: the economic picture.
the image on a computer monitor, the viewing screen of a television set, or a motion-picture screen.
verb (used with object), pic·tured, pic·tur·ing.
to represent in a picture or pictorially, as by painting or drawing.
to form a mental picture of; imagine: He couldn't picture himself doing such a thing.
to depict in words; describe graphically: He pictured Rome so vividly that you half-believed you were there.
to present or create as a setting; portray: His book pictured the world of the future.
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Origin of picture
OTHER WORDS FROM picture
pic·tur·a·ble, adjectivepic·tur·a·ble·ness, nounpic·tur·a·bly, adverbpic·tur·er, noun
mis·pic·ture, verb (used with object), mis·pic·tured, mis·pic·tur·ing.self-pic·tured, adjectiveun·pic·tured, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH picturepicture pitcher
Words nearby picture
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Example sentences from the Web for picturable
Thus the conceivable is reduced within the bounds of the picturable.Biographia Literaria|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
British Dictionary definitions for picturable
/ (ˈpɪktʃə) /
- a visual representation of something, such as a person or scene, produced on a surface, as in a photograph, painting, etc
- (as modifier)picture gallery; picture postcard Related adjective: pictorial
a mental image or impressiona clear picture of events
a verbal description, esp one that is vivid
a situation considered as an observable scenethe political picture
a person or thing that bears a close resemblance to anotherhe was the picture of his father
a person, scene, etc, considered as typifying a particular state or qualitythe picture of despair
a beautiful person or sceneyou'll look a picture
a complete image on a television screen, comprising two interlaced fields
- a motion picture; film
- (as modifier)picture theatre
the pictures mainly British and Australian a cinema or film show
another name for tableau vivant
get the picture informal to understand a situation
in the picture informed about a given situation
to visualize or imagine
to describe or depict, esp vividly
(often passive) to put in a picture or make a picture ofthey were pictured sitting on the rocks
Word Origin for picture
C15: from Latin pictūra painting, from pingere to paint
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Idioms and Phrases with picturable
In addition to the idiom beginning with picture
- picture is worth a thousand words, one
- get the message (picture)
- in the picture
- pretty as a picture
- take a picture
- the picture
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