from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A preparation of plaster of Paris and glue used as a base for low relief or as a surface for painting.
- n. A surface of gesso.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a mixture of plaster of Paris and glue used to prepare a surface for painting
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Plaster of Paris, or gypsum, esp. as prepared for use in painting, or in making bas-reliefs and the like; by extension, a plasterlike or pasty material spread upon a surface to fit it for painting or gilding, or a surface so prepared.
- n. A work of art done in gesso.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the fine arts: A prepared mass or surface of plaster, usually as a ground for painting.
- n. Hence, by extension— Any preparation applied to a surface to fit it to receive painting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. gypsum or plaster of Paris spread on a surface to make it suitable for painting or gilding (or a surface so prepared)
Italian, from Latin gypsum, gypsum; see gypsum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian gesso (Wiktionary)