from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The application of thick layers of pigment to a canvas or other surface in painting.
- n. The paint so applied.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In painting, the use of a thick-bodied paint to create sizable peaks and crests in an image.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The thickness of the layer or body of pigment applied by the painter to his canvas with especial reference to the juxtaposition of different colors and tints in forming a harmonious whole.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In painting, the thick laying on of pigments. Compare impaste, 2.
- n. In ceramics, enamel colors or slip laid so thickly on the ware, in decoration, as to stand out from its surface in relief.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. painting that applies the pigment thickly so that brush or palette knife marks are visible
Italian, from impastare, to make into a paste : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + pasta, paste (from Late Latin; see paste1).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)