What does Picture mean?

Definitions for Picture
ˈpɪk tʃərpic·ture

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Picture.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. picture, image, icon, ikonnoun

    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"

  2. painting, picturenoun

    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"

  3. mental picture, picture, impressionnoun

    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"

  4. picture, scenenoun

    a situation treated as an observable object

    "the political picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has changed in the last century"

  5. picture, pictorial matternoun

    illustrations used to decorate or explain a text

    "the dictionary had many pictures"

  6. movie, film, picture, moving picture, moving-picture show, motion picture, motion-picture show, picture show, pic, flicknoun

    a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

    "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location"

  7. video, picturenoun

    the visible part of a television transmission

    "they could still receive the sound but the picture was gone"

  8. word picture, word-painting, delineation, depiction, picture, characterization, characterisationnoun

    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"

  9. picturenoun

    a typical example of some state or quality

    "the very picture of a modern general"; "she was the picture of despair"

  10. photograph, photo, exposure, picture, picverb

    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

  11. visualize, visualise, envision, project, fancy, see, figure, picture, imageverb

    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"

  12. picture, depict, render, showverb

    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"


  1. picturenoun

    A representation of anything (as a person, a landscape, a building) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, by drawing, painting, printing, photography, etc.

  2. picturenoun

    An image; a representation as in the imagination.

  3. picturenoun

    A painting.

    There was a picture hanging above the fireplace.

  4. picturenoun

    A photograph.

    I took a picture of that church.

  5. picturenoun

    A motion picture.

    Casablanca is my all-time favorite picture.

  6. picturenoun


    Let's go to the pictures.

  7. picturenoun

    A paragon, a perfect example or specimen (of a category).

    She's the very picture of health.

  8. pictureverb

    To represent in or with a picture.

  9. pictureverb

    To imagine or envision.

  10. pictureverb

    To depict.

  11. Etymology: From pycture, from picture, from pictura, from pingo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Picturenoun

    Etymology: pictura, Latin.

    Madam, if that your heart be so obdurate,
    Vouchsafe me yet your picture for my love,
    The picture that is hanging in your chamber. William Shakespeare.

    Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects, and please or displease but in memory. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Devouring what he saw so well design’d,
    He with an empty picture fed his mind. Dryden.

    As soon as he begins to spell, as many pictures of animals should be got him as can be found with the printed names to them. John Locke.

    Quintilian, when he saw any well-expressed image of grief, either in picture or sculpture, would usually weep. Henry Wotton.

    If nothing will satisfy him, but having it under my hand, that I had no design to ruin the company of picture-drawers, I do hereby give it him. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Vouchsafe this picture of thy soul to see;
    ’Tis so far good, as it resembles thee. Dryden.

    It suffices to the unity of any idea, that it be considered as one representation or picture, though made up of ever so many particulars. John Locke.

  2. To Pictureverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I have not seen him so pictur’d. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    He who caused the spring to be pictured, added this rhyme for an exposition. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    It is not allowable, what is observable of Raphael Urban; wherein Mary Magdalen is pictured before our Saviour washing his feet on her knees, which will not consist with the strict letter of the text. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Love is like the painter, who, being to draw the picture of a friend having a blemish in one eye, would picture only the other side of his face. Robert South, Sermons.

    All filled with these rueful spectacles of so many wretched carcasses starving, that even I, that do but hear it from you, and do picture it in my mind, do greatly pity it. Edmund Spenser.

    Fond man,
    See here thy pictur’d life. James Thomson, Winter.


  1. picture

    An image is a visual representation of something. It can be two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or somehow otherwise feed into the visual system to convey information. An image can be an artifact, such as a photograph or other two-dimensional picture, that resembles a subject. In the context of signal processing, an image is a distributed amplitude of color(s).In optics, the term "image" may refer specifically to a 2D image. An image does not have to use the entire visual system to be a visual representation. A popular example of this is of a greyscale image, which uses the visual system's sensitivity to brightness across all wavelengths, without taking into account different colors. A black and white visual representation of something is still an image, even though it does not make full use of the visual system's capabilities. Images are typically still, but in some cases can be moving or animated.


  1. picture

    A picture is a visual representation or image that captures a moment in time, a scene, an object, or a person. It can be created through various mediums such as photography, painting, drawing, or digital rendering. Pictures are used to convey information, tell stories, evoke emotions, express creativity, or record memories.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Picturenoun

    the art of painting; representation by painting

  2. Picturenoun

    a representation of anything (as a person, a landscape, a building) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, produced by means of painting, drawing, engraving, photography, etc.; a representation in colors. By extension, a figure; a model

  3. Picturenoun

    an image or resemblance; a representation, either to the eye or to the mind; that which, by its likeness, brings vividly to mind some other thing; as, a child is the picture of his father; the man is the picture of grief

  4. Pictureverb

    to draw or paint a resemblance of; to delineate; to represent; to form or present an ideal likeness of; to bring before the mind


  1. Picture

    Picture is a Dutch heavy metal band. They are noted for being the first band in the country to play heavy metal. Formed in 1979, they were especially popular in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy for their live performances. They still have a huge fan base in South America, Mexico and Japan. Picture supported AC/DC, Ted Nugent and Saxon in the Netherlands. With Saxon, they did a full European tour in 1981. Later on they toured with Rose Tattoo in Germany and headlined tours in Italy and Israel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Picture

    pik′tūr, n. a painting: a likeness in colours: a drawing: painting: a resemblance: an image: a vivid verbal description.—v.t. to paint, to represent by painting: to form a likeness of in the mind: to describe vividly in words.—n. Pic′tograph, a picture or pictorial sign: a piece of picture-writing.—adj. Pictograph′ic.—n. Pictog′raphy.—adjs. Pictō′rial, Pic′tūral, relating to pictures: illustrated by pictures: consisting of pictures.—adv. Pictō′rially.—ns. Pic′tūral (Spens.), a picture; Pic′ture-book, a book of pictures; Pic′ture-frame, a frame surrounding a picture; Pic′ture-gall′ery, a gallery, or large room, in which pictures are hung up for exhibition; Pic′ture-rod, a rod running round the upper part of the wall of a room, from which pictures are hung; Pic′ture-writ′ing, the use of pictures to express ideas or relate events. [L. picturapingĕre, pictum, to paint.]

Editors Contribution

  1. picture

    A visual creation using our mind or imagination.

    She loved to paint pictures using her imagination.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  

  2. picturenoun

    Public or private proof of existence in a photograph or movie presentation that ends at the Caucasian skin. 0.) 1,000 words in every graphic design. 1.) A painting or drawing of a person or thing resembling another closely. An impression of something formed from an account or description.

    I got a picture of the perfect person in my eyes, and in my heart.

    Etymology: Imagine Artfully

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 16, 2024  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Picture' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #988

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Picture' in Written Corpus Frequency: #880

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Picture' in Nouns Frequency: #247

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Picture' in Verbs Frequency: #1011

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Picture in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Picture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Picture in a Sentence

  1. Canadian Milos Raonic:

    To come out, and really not know how things are going to go, find your rhythm well early on, do the fundamentals well, dictate the match, I ’m very pleased with that, when I look at the overall picture of my progress, development, I have to be very pleased. I’ve incorporated a lot of new things in my game. I ’m getting more efficient coming forward at the net and I think I ’m able to put more and more pressure on my opponents.

  2. Ellen DeGeneres:

    Possibility number one: ’12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture, possibility number two: You’re all racists.

  3. Kelly Fox:

    I would have to have a picture of him doing it before I could believe it, it does not make sense.

  4. Karen Crawford:

    I have never seen anything like it before. The squirrel had its paw raised and the bird had its beak wide open, it was like they were going to have a fight. Karen Crawford, 59, captured the face-off as the pair appeared to be having a row over a handful of nuts on a tree trunk. In the shot, the red squirrel is perched vertically on a tree stump with its paw in the air, as the bird sits on the other side with its beak wide open. (Credit: SWNS) Perhaps even more remarkable, Crawford admitted she did not even realize she took the photos until she got home. I thought wow when I got home and saw the picture and the reaction I have had to it has been really strong.

  5. Paul Mahagi:

    The cub is just a few days old it was his first big roar, i posted the picture online and everyone said it looks like Simba from the Lion King. I was in the bushes when I took it.Im always hunting for the best photos.

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