verb (used with object), pic·tured, pic·tur·ing.
Origin of picture
Synonyms for picture
Related Words for pictureimpression, photograph, copy, art, description, figure, image, account, sketch, cartoon, depiction, report, statue, portrayal, print, portrait, piece, painting, drawing, icon
Examples from the Web for picture
Contemporary Examples of picture
There is just no way of selling this picture with an innocent defense like, “she just asked for a snap.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
I noticed a picture of her daughter, who was my classmate, and out of curiosity visited her page.50 Shades of Iran: The Mullahs’ Kinky Fantasies about Sex in the West
IranWire, Shima Sharabi
January 1, 2015
We want to give the families and the other cops, too, as clear a picture as we can.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
Elle magazine shot an editorial in September, one picture revealing a teacup pig sitting pretty by a mini Tyler Alexandra bag.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink
December 29, 2014
Then there was an event, an HRC event, and I took a picture with Monique, the actress and comedian.
Historical Examples of picture
As a last rally, he tried to picture the difficulties he might encounter.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Like everything else in that neighborhood, it was covered with picture writing.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
But now the picture that drifted through his mind was still more horrible.Way of the Lawless
How different a picture would the streets and public places then present!Sunday under Three Heads
There was less diversity of opinion in regard to Elinor's picture.The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
- 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 motion picture; film
- (as modifier)picture theatre
Word Origin for picture
early 15c., "drawing, painting," from Latin pictura "painting," from pictus, past participle of pingere "to make pictures, to paint, to embroider," (see paint (v.)). Picture window is from 1938. Picture post-card first recorded 1899. Phrase every picture tells a story first attested 1900, in advertisements for an illustrated life of Christ. To be in (or out of) the picture in the figurative sense dates to 1900.
Expression a picture is worth a thousand words, attested from 1918, probably was from the publication trade (the notion that a picture was worth 1,000 words is in printers' publications by 1911). The phrase also was in use in the form worth a million words, the form used by American newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane (1864-1936) in an editorial much-read c.1916 titled "What is a Good Newspaper" in the "New York Evening Journal." In part it read, "After news and humor come good pictures. In this day of hurry we learn through the eye, and one picture may be worth a million words." It seems to have emerged into general use via the medium of advertising (which scaled down the number and also gave the expression its spurious origin story as "a Japanese proverb" or some such thing, by 1919). Earlier various acts or deeds (and in one case "the arrow") were said to be worth a thousand words.
late 15c. in the literal sense; 1738 in the mental sense, from picture (n.). Related: Pictured; picturing.
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