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picture

Noun

1 a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them" [syn: image, icon, ikon]
2 graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface; "a small painting by Picasso"; "he bought the painting as an investment"; "his pictures hang in the Louvre" [syn: painting]
3 a clear and telling mental image; "he described his mental picture of his assailant"; "he had no clear picture of himself or his world"; "the events left a permanent impression in his mind" [syn: mental picture, impression]
4 a situation treated as an observable object; "the political picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has changed in the last century" [syn: scene]
5 illustrations used to decorate or explain a text; "the dictionary had many pictures" [syn: pictorial matter]
6 a form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location" [syn: movie, film, moving picture, moving-picture show, motion picture, motion-picture show, picture show, pic, flick]
7 the visible part of a television transmission; "they could still receive the sound but the picture was gone" [syn: video]
8 a graphic or vivid verbal description; "too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures"; "the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland"; "the pamphlet contained brief characterizations of famous Vermonters" [syn: word picture, word-painting, delineation, depiction, characterization, characterisation]
9 a typical example of some state or quality; "the very picture of a modern general"; "she was the picture of despair"

Verb

1 imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind; "I can't see him on horseback!"; "I can see what will happen"; "I can see a risk in this strategy" [syn: visualize, visualise, envision, project, fancy, see, figure, image]
2 show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting" [syn: depict, render, show]

User Contributed Dictionary

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Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A representation produced by drawing, painting, printing, photography, or the mind.
  2. A painting.
    There was a picture hanging above the fireplace.
  3. A photograph.
    I took a picture of that church.
  4. In the context of "informal": A motion picture.
    Casablanca is my all-time favorite picture.
  5. In the context of "dated|informal}}

Extensive Definition

In common usage, an image (from Latin imago) or picture is an artifact, usually two-dimensional, that has a similar appearance to some subject—usually a physical object or a person.
Images may be two-dimensional, such as a photograph, screen display, and as well as a three-dimensional, such as a statue. They may be captured by optical devices—such as cameras, mirrors, lenses, telescopes, microscopes, etc. and natural objects and phenomena, such as the human eye or water surfaces. The word image is also used in the broader sense of any two-dimensional figure such as a map, a graph, a pie chart, or an abstract painting. In this wider sense, images can also be rendered manually, such as by drawing, painting, carving, rendered automatically by printing or computer graphics technology, or developed by a combination of methods, especially in a pseudo-photograph.
A volatile image is one that exists only for a short period of time. This may be a reflection of an object by a mirror, a projection of a camera obscura, or a scene displayed on a cathode ray tube. A fixed image, also called a hardcopy, is one that has been recorded on a material object, such as paper or textile.
A mental image exists in an individual's mind: something one remembers or imagines. The subject of an image need not be real; it may be an abstract concept, such as a graph, function, or "imaginary" entity. For example, Sigmund Freud claimed to have dreamt purely in aural-images of dialogues. The development of synthetic acoustic technologies and the creation of sound art have led to a consideration of the possibilities of a sound-image made up of irreducible phonic substance beyond linguistic or musicological analysis.
A collection of non-volatile images providing an image changing with time is a film.

See also

  • Real image, an image formed by rays of light that cross at the image
  • Virtual image, an image formed by rays that do not cross at the image

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picture in Arabic: صورة
picture in Danish: Billede
picture in German: Abbild
picture in Estonian: Pilt
picture in Esperanto: Bildo
picture in French: Image
picture in Irish: Íomhá
picture in Korean: 그림
picture in Ido: Imajo
picture in Indonesian: Citra
picture in Italian: Immagine
picture in Georgian: სურათი
picture in Latvian: Attēls
picture in Dutch: Afbeelding (grafisch)
picture in Japanese: 画像
picture in Norwegian: Bilde
picture in Norwegian: Image
picture in Portuguese: Imagem
picture in Romanian: Imagine
picture in Russian: Образ
picture in Simple English: Picture
picture in Finnish: Kuva
picture in Yiddish: אימעזש
picture in Chinese: 图像

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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signal, vignette, vision, visual image, visualization, visualize, vivid description, wall painting, way, word painting, word-painting, working plan, write
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