1. [ noun ] a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
Synonyms: image ikon icon

"they showed us the pictures of their wedding" "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"

Related terms: representation photograph collage drawing reflection sonogram inset panorama foil chiaroscuro iconography likeness bitmap cat_scan visualize
2. [ noun ] (fine art) graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface
Synonyms: painting

"a small painting by Picasso" "he bought the painting as an investment" "his pictures hang in the Louvre"

Related terms: graphic_art watercolor portrait landscape oil_painting abstraction nude trompe_l'oeil miniature monochrome seascape semi-abstraction sand_painting pentimento mural icon distemper still_life finger_painting finger-painting cityscape tanka daub paint
3. [ noun ] a clear and telling mental image
Synonyms: impression mental_picture

"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"

Related terms: image visualize
4. [ noun ] a situation treated as an observable object
Synonyms: scene

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

Related terms: situation
5. [ verb ] imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
Synonyms: see envision visualize fancy figure visualise image project

"I can't see him on horseback!" "I can see what will happen" "I can see a risk in this strategy"

Related terms: imagine understand visualise image mental_picture imagination illusion visionary visual_image fancy picturing figuration visualizer
6. [ verb ] show in, or as in, a picture
Synonyms: show depict render

"This scene depicts country life" "the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"

Related terms: represent illustrate map art pictorial_representation depicting
7. [ noun ] (television) the visible part of a television transmission
Synonyms: video

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

Related terms: visual_communication TV
8. [ noun ] illustrations used to decorate or explain a text
Synonyms: pictorial_matter

"the dictionary had many pictures"

Related terms: illustration
9. [ noun ] (film,performing arts) a form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
Synonyms: film movie motion_picture moving-picture_show picture_show motion-picture_show flick pic moving_picture

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

Related terms: show documentary silent_movie feature home_movie collage_film slow_motion 3D talking_picture rough_cut final_cut coming_attraction shoot-'em-up short_subject cinema_verite peepshow scene sequence subtitle credits credit film dub reshoot videotape synchronize film
10. [ noun ] a graphic or vivid verbal description
Synonyms: characterization delineation depiction word-painting characterisation word_picture

"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"

Related terms: description portrayal epithet specify qualify delineate
11. [ noun ] (psychology) a typical example of some state or quality

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

Related terms: typification
Similar spelling:   pictured