from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A liquid mixture, usually of a solid pigment in a liquid vehicle, used as a decorative or protective coating.
  • noun The thin dry film formed by such a mixture when applied to a surface.
  • noun The solid pigment before it is mixed with a vehicle.
  • noun A cosmetic, such as rouge, that is used to give color to the face; makeup.
  • noun Basketball The free throw lane.
  • noun A Paint horse.
  • noun Slang The face cards in a deck of cards.
  • intransitive verb To make (a picture) with paints.
  • intransitive verb To represent in a picture with paints.
  • intransitive verb To depict vividly in words.
  • intransitive verb To coat or decorate with paint.
  • intransitive verb To apply cosmetics to.
  • intransitive verb To apply medicine to; swab.
  • intransitive verb To shine a laser beam on, especially in order to designate a target for laser-guided munitions.
  • intransitive verb To practice the art of painting pictures.
  • intransitive verb To cover something with paint.
  • intransitive verb To apply cosmetics to oneself.
  • intransitive verb To serve as a surface to be coated with paint.
  • idiom Baseball (paint the black) To throw a pitched ball over the edge of home plate for a strike.
  • idiom (paint the town red) To go on a spree.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A substance used in painting, composed of a dry coloring material intimately mixed with a liquid vehicle.
  • noun Color laid on the face; rouge.
  • noun In rubber-manuf., any substance fixed with caoutchouc in the process of manufacture, for the purpose of hardening it. Various materials are employed, such as whiting, plaster of Paris, sulphate of zinc, lampblack, pitch, etc.
  • noun The yellow Indian paint, Hydrastis Canadensis, the yellow puccoon, or yellowroot.
  • noun An abbreviation of painting.
  • To coat or cover with a color or colors; color or cover with a paint or pigment.
  • To depict or delineate in colors or paints of any kind, usually on a prepared surface; represent in colors; represent in a picture: as, to paint a landscape or a portrait; to paint a battlescene; also, to execute in colors: as, to paint a picture.
  • Figuratively, to delineate, depict, or describe in words; present vividly to the mind's eye; set forth or represent as in a picture: formerly with out: as, to paint the joys of heaven.
  • To color, deck, decorate, or diversify; ornament; adorn.
  • To erase or blot out by covering with pigments: as, to paint out an unsatisfactory picture.
  • To practise painting; use pigments in depicting faces, scenes, etc.
  • To lay artificial color on the face, usually with the view of beautifying it; hence, to blush.
  • To indulge in strong drink; drink.
  • To counterfeit; disguise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To practice the art of painting.
  • transitive verb To color one's face by way of beautifying it.
  • noun A pigment or coloring substance.
  • noun The same prepared with a vehicle, as oil, water with gum, or the like, for application to a surface.
  • noun A cosmetic; rouge.
  • transitive verb To cover with coloring matter; to apply paint to
  • transitive verb To color, stain, or tinge; to adorn or beautify with colors; to diversify with colors.
  • transitive verb To form in colors a figure or likeness of on a flat surface, as upon canvas; to represent by means of colors or hues; to exhibit in a tinted image; to portray with paints.
  • transitive verb To represent or exhibit to the mind; to describe vividly; to delineate; to image; to depict.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A substance that is applied as a liquid or paste, and dries into a solid coating that protects or adds color/colour to an object or surface to which it has been applied.
  • noun in the plural A set of containers or blocks of paint of different colors/colours, used for painting pictures.
  • noun basketball, slang The free-throw lane, construed with the.
  • noun uncountable, paintball, slang Paintballs.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Middle English painten, to paint, from Old French peintier, from peint, past participle of peindre, from Latin pingere; see peig- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French paincter, itself from paint, the past participle paindre, from Latin pingō ("to paint") (perfect passive participle pictus).


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