Meaning of PICTURE in English


I. ˈpik-chər noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pictura, from pictus, past participle of pingere to paint — more at paint

Date: 15th century

1. : a design or representation made by various means (as painting, drawing, or photography)


a. : a description so vivid or graphic as to suggest a mental image or give an accurate idea of something

the book gives a detailed picture of what is happening

b. : a mental image

3. : image , copy

he was the picture of his father

she was the very picture of health


a. : a transitory visible image or reproduction

b. : motion picture

c. plural : movies

5. : tableau 2

6. : situation

took a hard look at his financial picture

II. transitive verb

( pic·tured ; pic·tur·ing ˈpik-chə-riŋ, ˈpik-shriŋ)

Date: 15th century

1. : to paint or draw a representation, image, or visual conception of : depict ; also : illustrate

2. : to describe graphically in words

3. : to form a mental image of : imagine

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.