- The definition of a picture is a photo, drawing, painting or other image captured of a person, thing or scene.
- An example of picture is a poster of Elvis.
- An example of picture is a photograph of the Grand Canyon.
- An example of picture is the image on a television screen.
- Picture is defined as to capture or create an image of a person or object or scene or to visualize something.
- An example of picture is taking a photo of someone.
- An example of picture is someone imagining themself sitting in a tree.
An old picture in a frame.
- an image or likeness of an object, person, or scene produced on a flat surface, esp. by painting, drawing, or photography
- a printed reproduction of this
- anything closely resembling or strikingly typifying something else; perfect likeness or image: to be the picture of one's mother, the picture of health
- anything regarded as having the compositional beauty of a painting or drawing
- a mental image or impression; idea
- a vivid or detailed description: a picture of the times
- all the facts or conditions of an event, collectively; situation
- film ()
- the image on a television screen
Origin of pictureMiddle English pycture ; from Classical Latin pictura ; from pictus, past participle of pingere, to paint
in (or out of) the picture
- A visual representation or image painted, drawn, photographed, or otherwise rendered on a flat surface.
- A visible image, especially one on a flat surface or screen: the picture reflected in the lake; focused the picture on the movie screen.
- a. A vivid or realistic verbal description: a Shakespearean picture of guilt.b. A vivid mental image.
- A person or object bearing a marked resemblance to another: She's the picture of her mother.
- A person, object, or scene that typifies or embodies an emotion, state of mind, or mood: Your face was the very picture of horror.
- The chief circumstances of an event or time; the situation: How does the new boyfriend figure in the picture?
- A movie.
- A tableau vivant.
transitive verbpic·tured, pic·tur·ing, pic·tures
- To make a visible representation of: In this photo, the mayor is pictured with several aides.
- To form a mental image of; visualize: I pictured my grandfather as a young man coming to America.
- To describe vividly in words; make a verbal picture of: pictured their heroism in glowing language.
Origin of pictureMiddle English, from Latin pictūra, from pictus, painted, past participle of pingere, to paint; see peig- in Indo-European roots.
- A representation of anything (as a person, a landscape, a building) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, by drawing, painting, printing, photography, etc.
- An image; a representation as in the imagination.
- A painting.
- There was a picture hanging above the fireplace.
- A photograph.
- I took a picture of the church.
- (informal) A motion picture.
- Casablanca is my all-time favorite picture.
- (dated, informal) ("the pictures") Cinema (as a form of entertainment)
- Let's go to the pictures.
- A paragon, a perfect example or specimen (of a category).
- She's the very picture of health.
- The art of painting; representation by painting.
- A figure; a model.
(third-person singular simple present pictures, present participle picturing, simple past and past participle pictured)
From Middle English pycture, from Old French picture, from Latin pictÅ«ra (“the art of painting, a painting"), from pingÅ (“I paint").
picture - Computer Definition
In programming, a pattern that describes the type of data allowed in a field or the way the data should be printed. The pattern is made up of a character code for each character in the field; for example, 9999 is a picture for four numeric digits. A picture for a telephone number could be (999) 999-9999. Three alphanumerics followed by three numeric digits might be XXX999. Pictures are similar, but not identical, in all programming languages. See also graphics and graphics formats.