What does picture mean?

Definitions for pictureˈpɪk tʃər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word picture.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. picture, image, icon, ikon(noun)

    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, picture(noun)

    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, impression(noun)

    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, scene(noun)

    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 matter(noun)

    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, flick(noun)

    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, picture(noun)

    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, characterisation(noun)

    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. picture(noun)

    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, pic(verb)

    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, image(verb)

    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, show(verb)

    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. picture(Noun)

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

  2. picture(Noun)

    An image; a representation as in the imagination.

  3. picture(Noun)

    A painting.

    There was a picture hanging above the fireplace.

  4. picture(Noun)

    A photograph.

    I took a picture of that church.

  5. picture(Noun)

    A motion picture.

    Casablanca is my all-time favorite picture.

  6. picture(Noun)


    Let's go to the pictures.

  7. picture(Noun)

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

    She's the very picture of health.

  8. picture(Verb)

    To represent in or with a picture.

  9. picture(Verb)

    To imagine or envision.

  10. picture(Verb)

    To depict.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Picture(noun)

    the art of painting; representation by painting

  2. Picture(noun)

    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. Picture(noun)

    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. Picture(verb)

    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.]

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hal Buell:

    Joe did not pose that picture.

  2. Top Bush:

    This is a high-energy picture.

  3. Linsday Menz:

    As my husband took the picture.

  4. Fred R. Barnard:

    One picture is worth a thousand words.

  5. Associated Press photographer Nick Ut:

    That picture has so much tragedy in it.

Images & Illustrations of picture

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