What does pigment mean?

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ˈpɪg məntpig·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pigment(noun)

    dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)

  2. pigment(noun)

    any substance whose presence in plant or animal tissues produces a characteristic color

  3. paint, pigment(verb)

    a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating

    "artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"

  4. pigment(verb)

    acquire pigment; become colored or imbued

  5. pigment(verb)

    color or dye with a pigment

    "pigment a photograph"


  1. pigment(Noun)

    Any color in plant or animal cells

    Chlorophyll is the pigment responsible for most plants' green colouring.

  2. pigment(Noun)

    A dry colorant, usually an insoluble powder

    Umber is a pigment made from clay containing iron and manganese oxide.

  3. pigment(Verb)

    To add color or pigment to something.

  4. Origin: From pigmentum, itself from pingo + -mentum; variants of this word may have been known in Old English (e.g. 12th century pyhmentum).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pigment(noun)

    any material from which a dye, a paint, or the like, may be prepared; particularly, the refined and purified coloring matter ready for mixing with an appropriate vehicle

  2. Pigment(noun)

    any one of the colored substances found in animal and vegetable tissues and fluids, as bilirubin, urobilin, chlorophyll, etc

  3. Pigment(noun)

    wine flavored with species and honey

  4. Origin: [L. pigmentum, fr. the root of pingere to paint: cf. F. pigment. See Paint, and cf. Pimento, Orpiment.]


  1. Pigment

    A pigment is a material that changes the color of reflected or transmitted light as the result of wavelength-selective absorption. This physical process differs from fluorescence, phosphorescence, and other forms of luminescence, in which a material emits light. Many materials selectively absorb certain wavelengths of light. Materials that humans have chosen and developed for use as pigments usually have special properties that make them ideal for coloring other materials. A pigment must have a high tinting strength relative to the materials it colors. It must be stable in solid form at ambient temperatures. For industrial applications, as well as in the arts, permanence and stability are desirable properties. Pigments that are not permanent are called fugitive. Fugitive pigments fade over time, or with exposure to light, while some eventually blacken. Pigments are used for coloring paint, ink, plastic, fabric, cosmetics, food and other materials. Most pigments used in manufacturing and the visual arts are dry colorants, usually ground into a fine powder. This powder is added to a vehicle, a relatively neutral or colorless material that suspends the pigment and gives the paint its adhesion.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pigment

    pig′ment, n. paint: any substance used for colouring: that which gives colour to animal and vegetable tissues.—adjs. Pigment′al, Pig′mentary.—n. Pig′ment-cell, a cell which secrets pigment. [L. pigmentumpingĕre, to paint.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pigment in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pigment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of pigment in a Sentence

  1. Baader Bank analyst Markus Mayer:

    The pigment business is still operating in a really depressed environment.

  2. Walter Benjamin:

    Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.

  3. Michael Vecchione:

    This animal was particularly unusual because it lacked the pigment cells, called chromatophores, typical of most cephalopods, and it did not seem very muscular.

  4. Dr Homer:

    The fundamental principle is that under every brown eye is a blue eye, the only difference between a brown eye and a blue eye is this very thin layer of pigment on the surface. Bright like the sky.

  5. Dr Homer:

    If Dr Homer take that pigment away, then the light can enter the stroma -- the little fibers that look like bicycle spokes in a light eye - and when the light scatters it only reflects back the shortest wavelengths and that's the blue end of the spectrum.

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