What does picture mean?

Definitions for picture
ˈpɪk tʃərpic·ture

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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  

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. Ashleigh Haruda:

    While some ancient older civilisations such as Egypt and Rome kept cats as pets, we don't know much about cats outside of those times and places, so this find is helping us fill in the picture that gives us a more complete picture about how people treated animals in the past.

  2. Rick Meckler:

    It’s a small reversal, but I think people came in the morning to start the year with some optimism, but the cloudy political picture in the U.S. is weighing down the markets a little bit.

  3. Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall:

    This was never a cold case for our police department, we were all conscious of Julie's murder looking for the killer and we had Julie's picture on our desks and investigations for all these years.

  4. Gerry Soedjatman:

    In Indonesia, the regulators don't seem to understand the bigger picture, a lot of the policies that came out this year after the crash have been knee-jerk reactions.

  5. Toby Jones:

    There was no real physical material that we could mimic, there was no found footage or anything of how he spoke. You know, the cliché is a picture says a thousand words, but it really is true, we tried to capture the essence of this man and his resilience that you could see in the pictures, you could read in the book. He's fiercely passionate and that's something I could really dial into.

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