Meaning of PICTURE in English


— picturable , adj. — picturableness , n. — picturably , adv. — picturer , n.

/pik"cheuhr/ , n. , v. , pictured, picturing .


1. a visual representation of a person, object, or scene, as a painting, drawing, photograph, etc.: I carry a picture of my grandchild in my wallet.

2. any visible image, however produced: pictures reflected in a pool of water.

3. a mental image: a clear picture of how he had looked that day.

4. a particular image or reality as portrayed in an account or description; depiction; version.

5. a tableau, as in theatrical representation.

6. See motion picture .

7. pictures , Informal ( older use ). movies.

8. a person, thing, group, or scene regarded as resembling a work of pictorial art in beauty, fineness of appearance, etc.: She was a picture in her new blue dress.

9. the image or perfect likeness of someone else: He is the picture of his father.

10. a visible or concrete embodiment of some quality or condition: the picture of health.

11. a situation or set of circumstances: the economic picture.

12. the image on a computer monitor, the viewing screen of a television set, or a motion-picture screen.


13. to represent in a picture or pictorially, as by painting or drawing.

14. to form a mental picture of; imagine: He couldn't picture himself doing such a thing.

15. to depict in words; describe graphically: He pictured Rome so vividly that you half-believed you were there.

16. to present or create as a setting; portray: His book pictured the world of the future.

[ 1375-1425; late ME pictura the act of painting, a painting, equiv. to pict ( us ) (ptp. of pingere to PAINT) + -ura -URE ]

Syn. 13, 15. delineate, paint, draw, represent.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .