verb (used with object), pic·tured, pic·tur·ing.
Origin of picture
Synonyms for picture
Examples from the Web for pictures
Contemporary Examples of pictures
Lee and Coogan did briefly meet with the pope, with pictures to prove it, but no one at the Vatican officially screened the film.Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds
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January 8, 2015
Afterward, the graduates posed for pictures with their families.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
The pictures which would melt even the hardest of Republcian hearts were taken at the end of November.The Adorable New Prince George Photos
December 15, 2014
The pictures of Gilkes emphasize, quite rightly and inevitably, his classic good looks.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty
December 10, 2014
When she got the pictures back, she met Sean for coffee and discussed how to exhibit the photos.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set
December 9, 2014
Historical Examples of pictures
Pictures also are occasionally exhibited for his instruction.
At last we got through all the rooms and all the pictures, and came out into the gardens.To be Read at Dusk
So I got my first idea of what a book contained by the pictures in a spelling-book.Biography of a Slave
Mulready's illustrations of 1843 are here referred to, net his pictures.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Now, what advantage could the world expect from Benjamin's pictures?Biographical Stories
- 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
"movies," 1912, short for moving pictures.
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