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paint

Syllabification: paint
Pronunciation: /pānt
 
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Definition of paint in English:

noun

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 knife
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1An act of covering something with paint: it looked in need of a good paint
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  • 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 paint
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  • 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 paint
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  • 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 program
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  • 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 mare
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  • 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.

verb

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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 trailer
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  • 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.
Synonyms
color, apply paint to, decorate, whitewash, emulsion, gloss, spray-paint, airbrush
daub, smear, spray-paint, airbrush
1.1Apply cosmetics to (the face or skin): she couldn’t have been more than fourteen but her face was thickly painted
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  • 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.
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 out
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  • 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.
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.
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 portraits
More 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.
Synonyms
2.1Give a description of (someone or something): I’m painted as some nut case living in the woods
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
tell, recount, outline, sketch, describe, depict, evoke, conjure up

Origin

Middle English: from peint 'painted', past participle of Old French peindre, from Latin pingere 'to paint'.

Phrases

like watching paint dry

1
(Of an activity or experience) extremely boring.
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

2
Describe (someone or something) in a particular way: the president painted a grim picture of life in the next century
More 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

3
Leave oneself no means of escape or room to maneuver.
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)

4
informal Go out and enjoy oneself flamboyantly.
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.
Synonyms
celebrate, carouse, enjoy oneself, have a good/wild time, have a party
informal go out on the town, whoop it up, make whoopee, live it up, party, have a ball

Derivatives

paintable

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

painty

2
adjective (paintier, paintiest)
Example sentences
  • 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.

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