word picture



a description in words, especially one that is unusually vivid: She drew a word picture of a South Pacific sunset.

Origin of word picture

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for word picture

Historical Examples of word picture

  • Charcot's scheme of word-picture combination: 1, Auditory image.

  • He painted to the girl a word-picture of the horrible vision which he foresaw.

  • But, Dodo, you are not painting the word-picture of the Chickadee.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues

  • I had expected a great argument, but this word-picture of the nameless criminal and his crime was dreadful in its realism.

    A Master Hand

    Richard Dallas

  • The word-picture I managed to draw up for circulation had nothing distinctive about it.

    Christopher Quarles

    Percy James Brebner

British Dictionary definitions for word picture

word picture


a verbal description, esp a vivid one
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