from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of being pictured or painted.

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

  • adjective Capable of being pictured, or represented by a picture.

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

  • adjective Capable of being imagined.
  • adjective Capable of being depicted by a picture.


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  • Instead, we have to make a ‘complementary’ use of different classical pictures—wave pictures in some experimental situations, particle pictures in others—and give up the idea of a single picturable account to cover all situations.

    The rainbow as refracted truth

  • These very things, however, like the man who prizes them, are dependent on a much larger system; and if patriotism is to embrace ideally what really produces human well-being it should extend over a wider field and to less picturable objects.

    The Life of Reason

  • Even if such control should eventually grow clearly picturable, the question how far it is successfully exerted in this actual world can be answered only by investigating the details of fact.

    A Pluralistic Universe Hibbert Lectures at Manchester College on the Present Situation in Philosophy

  • For a metaphor, by supplying us with a picturable representation, often enables us really to get at the hang of the thing a vast deal better than the most solemn argument.

    Post-Prandial Philosophy

  • Thus the conceivable is reduced within the bounds of the picturable.

    Biographia Literaria

  • "Besides, Purgatory precedes the Resurrection -- there is continual question among divines what manner of purgatorial fire it may be that affects spirits separate from the body -- perhaps Heaven and Hell, as opposed to Purgatory, were felt to be picturable because not only spirits, but the risen bodies too are conceived in them.

    Our Fathers Have Told Us Part I. The Bible of Amiens


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