- 1A colored substance that is spread over a surface and dries to leave a thin decorative or protective coating: a can of paint the paint has been applied to the surface with a palette knifeMore example sentences
- Carpenters were now putting a fresh coating of paint on the house, making it look almost as though it had just been built.
- Watered-down paint soaks into the porous concrete so it won't flake or peel like surface paint does.
- We did test some acrylic paint on tiles and it was just totally unsatisfactory so we chose what, I guess, was the appropriate paint for the surface.
- 1.1An act of covering something with paint: it looked in need of a good paintMore example sentences
- The walls needed a fresh paint, the floor needed vacuuming, and when was the last time I had dusted?
- Jaipur's date with the pink color goes back to 1905-06, when Jaipur city was getting ready to greet the Prince of Wales and needed a fresh paint all over.
- 1.2 • informal Cosmetic makeup: one has false curls, another too much paintMore example sentences
- Her hair was done up in glossy curls and her face bore paint used for makeup.
- He looked bizarre in a Rasta wig, a multi-coloured hat, a Caribbean-style shirt and brown make-up paint daubed over his face.
- If anti-Rococo critics claimed oil paint was too much like cosmetic paint, social critics held that the reverse was true.
- 1.3 Basketball The rectangular area marked near the basket at each end of the court; the foul lane: the two players jostled in the paintMore example sentences
- He has quick feet and enough moves to get three or four baskets in the paint.
- With Baylor and Chamberlain down in the paint, Counts was free to play away from the basket and use his great outside touch.
- It used to be a quick team, with small but tough players in the paint, good (but not great) shooters, and clever point guards.
- 1.4 Computing The function or capability of producing graphics, especially those that mimic the effect of real paint: [as modifier]: a paint programMore example sentences
- Photoshop has long been a leader among graphics manipulation and paint software.
- Upgrade your ability to edit images with this free paint program.
- If the artwork isn't perfect, I fire up my paint program and make adjustments myself.
- 2North American A piebald horse: [as modifier]: a paint mareMore example sentences
- Usually such markings were only found on paints, and yet he was a simple quarter horse.
- The program was successful at Paint of a Different Color the first year and Al ended up with a beautiful homozygous filly and a palomino paint colt.
- Less than a mile behind, the beam of light washed over another man; a man trotting alongside a paint horse.
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- 1Cover the surface of (something) with paint, as decoration or protection: the walls hadn’t been painted for years [with object and complement]: the ceiling was painted dark gray (as adjective with submodifier painted) a brightly painted trailerMore example sentences
- The walls were painted a dark blue with gold lining on the ceiling and floor.
- The roof was made from sand paper cut and painted to resemble slates.
- It was noted that the railings of the Clodiagh Bridge had been freshly painted and that the river name signs looked well.
- 1.1Apply cosmetics to (the face or skin): she couldn’t have been more than fourteen but her face was thickly paintedMore example sentences
- He'd painted his skin a whole different shade of beige.
- Hip, sophisticated and painted with Japanese cosmetics, the heroines move slickly through a life of nightclubbing, jet planes and media parties.
- Next was the easy part, or so I thought - sitting in a chair for a few hours, doing nothing but having my skin painted.
- 1.2Apply (a liquid) to a surface with a brush.More example sentences
- The film opens with a pre-title sequence that shows a close-up of a brush as it paints a large black spot on a blank canvas.
- With his free hand, he picked up a small paint brush and resumed painting the concave interior, where a detailed scene of army camp life was almost complete.
- All that you need to do is paint the clear liquid dots all over your boat.
- 1.3 (paint something out) Efface something with paint: the markings on the plane were hurriedly painted outMore example sentences
- In fact, Hopper had originally included a figure in the upper storey, but later painted it out.
- He added: ‘I will be more than happy myself to simply turn up one Saturday morning and paint the lines out.’
- A vandal would have to go out, buy some Liquid Paper and paint the mustache out in order to deface it.
- 1.4 Computing Create (a graphic or screen display) using a paint program.More example sentences
- An aggregate of about 400 gigaflops was needed to paint a semi-realistic image of a compact car on a display screen.
- Two-dimensional cartoons are no longer created by tracing and painting but assembled on computer screens using software like Director and After Effects.
- First, the quality of the phosphors available in the early days was not that great, and the dots would start to fade out before the entire screen could be painted.
- 1.5Display a mark representing (an aircraft or vehicle) on a radar screen.More example sentences
- On August 15, the boat was on a routine patrol when its radar painted a vessel at about 12 nm.
- After being airborne for a half-hour, we painted a few contacts about 70 miles north.
- 2Depict (someone or something) or produce (a picture) with paint: I painted a woman sitting next to a table lamp Marr is a self-taught artist who paints portraitsMore example sentences
- ‘In these pictures I have painted people who go to Bridge House and being a part of my pictures gives them confidence in their own abilities’.
- My best holiday was with Leo, the artist who'd painted me, and his wife Gemma one summer.
- In 1995, he commissioned a Chinese artist to paint him together with his wife, son and daughter.
- 2.1Give a description of (someone or something): I’m painted as some nut case living in the woodsMore example sentences
tell, recount, outline, sketch, describe, depict, evoke, conjure up
- Though the mystical element is rather missing from his character here, Adès paints Prospero as a wonderfully vengeful mage.
- The author paints a clear and useful description of the science of color.
- The remake of Casino Royale, the first Bond novel, will concentrate instead on the character of the spy, painted by Ian Fleming in the book as a suave, coldly aggressive seducer.
like watching paint dry
- (Of an activity or experience) extremely boring.More example sentences
- Sometimes it's boring, it's like watching paint dry.
- They didn't want to touch it, man, it's boring, it's like watching paint dry, it's like watching grass grow.
- Miserable weather, nothing happening apparently, short days, long nights, it's like a sort of void, waiting expectantly, like watching paint dry, suddenly the whole world goes mad for a few days.
paint a picture of
- Describe (someone or something) in a particular way: the president painted a grim picture of life in the next centuryMore example sentences
- An article in the March 16 issue of the San Jose Mercury News begins to paint a picture of what California consumers will face.
- He doesn't criticize the definitions, he chooses instead to try to paint a picture of extremism where there isn't any.
- I think what she's trying to do is paint a picture of him more of a liberal.
paint oneself into a corner
- Leave oneself no means of escape or room to maneuver.More example sentences
- So the administration has done a pretty good job of painting itself into a corner where it has to act - and soon.
- For all the exhilarating invention in these three books, however, there is also the sense of an author painting himself into a corner.
- So I think they've kind of painted themselves into a corner here, and we're working with them to help get them out of that corner.
paint the town (red)
- • informal Go out and enjoy oneself flamboyantly.More example sentences
- Once in a while, someone from up North comes to town, and paints the town red.
- We were simply there to paint the town red by way of celebration for Stuart's birthday.
- Raise the roof and paint the town red, there's cause for celebration.
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- Apart from the squared off potholes, the view on both sides was magnificently paintable.
- After the surface has been thoroughly dried, apply one coat of a paintable water repellent preservative or water repellent to the bare wood, being careful to liberally treat end and lap joints.
- Fill the cracks between the old and new boards (the 1/8-inch cracks left from before) with paintable caulk.
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- He held out his painty hands as though a cat's cradle was strung up between them.
- When I got back, the paint was dry, so I got on with the second coat and ended up almost as painty as I had been before I went to the gym.
- After painting this room, the decorators decided to tip their buckets of painty, murky water down a sink by the wall.
Middle English: from peint 'painted', past participle of Old French peindre, from Latin pingere 'to paint'.