from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The painting of the surface of a wall, or of kindred surfaces, with ornamental designs or figure-subjects, as a decoration. Such painting is usually classified as encaustic or as fresco or tempera painting.
  • n. An example or work of painting of this kind.


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  • San Francisco is partnering with street artists who ply their wall-painting skills legally paying them to paint buildings.

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  • They were waiting by the all scrawled-over municipal wall-painting of the nagoy dignity of labour, bare vecks and cheenas stern at the wheels of industry, like I said, with all this dirt pencilled from their rots by naughty malchicks.

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  • A vivid early second millennium B.C. wall-painting fragment from the palace of Zimri-Lim at Mari (Syria), which depicts a male figure leading a bull by its golden nose-ring to a ritual sacrifice, ushers people into the next room.

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  • Sure, both books show people with their eyes firmly attached to the sides of their heads, Egyptian wall-painting style.

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  • Without the much-abused intellectuals, we would have a two-dimensional tapestry world, a medieval wall-painting showing the entire world to be a billion Simpson characters frozen in media time.

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  • He and Costas had silently kitted up in the ancient chamber a few minutes before, donning the equipment Reksnys had ordered them to bring from Seaquest II Jack had refused to divulge any of his thoughts about the wall-painting, and Maria had remained obstinately silent in the corner of the chamber even after the tape had been ripped away from her mouth.

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  • The wall-painting was clearly a narrative, a progression of scenes in a story, going from right to left.

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  • It was a fresco, a wall-painting of unimaginable barbarity, a mass execution.

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  • Miss Van started wall-painting in the streets at the age of 18, in the early 1990's, initiating the feminine movement in street art.

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  • The old Nicolaikirche has some of the most stunning interior woodwork and wall-painting (more like a Hindu temple than a house of Yahweh) that I have ever seen, from the early medieval (there's a fantastic Old Norse carving form Viking Novgorod) to High Baroque.

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