verb (used with object), pic·tured, pic·tur·ing.
- picture book,
- picture card,
- picture disc,
- picture hat,
- picture house
Origin of picture
Examples from the Web for picturing
I doubt they are, but as a comedian, I find some comedy in picturing those two girls running the world as a power couple.Kathy Griffin: I Would Never Have Dreamed of Outing Anderson Cooper|Kathy Griffin|July 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The same scale of destruction, and the same problem in picturing its true extent, holds true for West Virginia and Kentucky.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia|Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco|June 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Her sudden appearance, in the place where I was picturing you giving out your first text, made me jump nearly out of my skin.The Following of the Star|Florence L. Barclay
"The poor little thing," said Anne, picturing one of her own dear babies, cold and hungry and alone in such circumstances.Rainbow Valley|Lucy Maud Montgomery
In this array she awaited his coming, and pleased her mind with picturing his astonishment and the joy that would be his.The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete|George Meredith
Seemingly Mr. Collyer was unconscious of the fact that, in describing Mr. Oliver, he was picturing himself.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
Revolving many memories and picturing many scenes of bygone days, I traversed the deserted halls.A Civil Servant in Burma|Herbert Thirkel White
- 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