Definition of "picture" []

  • A visual representation or image painted, drawn, photographed, or otherwise rendered on a flat surface. (noun)
  • A visible image, especially one on a flat surface or screen: the picture reflected in the lake; focused the picture on the movie screen. (noun)
  • A vivid or realistic verbal description: a Shakespearean picture of guilt. (noun)
  • A vivid mental image. (noun)
  • A person or object bearing a marked resemblance to another: She's the picture of her mother. (noun)
  • A visual representation of something, such as a person or scene, produced on a surface, as in a photograph, painting, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A mental image or impression (noun)
  • A verbal description, esp one that is vivid (noun)
  • A situation considered as an observable scene (noun)
  • A person or thing that bears a close resemblance to another (noun)
  • A person, scene, etc, considered as typifying a particular state or quality (noun)
  • A beautiful person or scene (noun)
  • A complete image on a television screen, comprising two interlaced fields (noun)
  • A motion picture; film (noun)
  • To visualize or imagine (verb)
  • To describe or depict, esp vividly (verb)
  • To put in a picture or make a picture of (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "picture" in a sentence
  • "The picture in it is the first glance of the operator, as he selected it; whatever delicacy of detail told in the impression on his mind tells in the impression on the plate; whatever is more than that does not go to increase the richness of the result, _as picture_, but belongs to another sphere."
  • "Walpole's story of the French lady who asked for her lover's picture; and when he demurred observing that, if her husband were to see it, it might betray their secret -- "O dear, no," she said -- just like Mr. Macaulay -- "I _will have the picture_, but it _need not be like_!""
  • "You take a picture of her while she's pinking but screw it up, possibly because your hand is covered in blisters at that point, but you nevertheless want to thank her for all of her hard work so you post an alternative picture** of her, grab the napkins and the over-sized ruler and head home in triumph."