a. Painted matter; that which is painted. In later use esp. as a count noun: a representation on a surface executed in paint or colours; a painted picture or likeness.In quot. c1230 figurative.
b. The representing of a subject on a surface by the application of paint or colours; the art of making such representations; (in extended use) the practice of applying paint to a canvas, etc., for any artistic purpose.
c. Computing. The creation of graphics or images in electronic form in a manner analogous to painting (sense 1b), as by the use of a paint program (paint program n. at paint n. Compounds 2).
a. The action of applying a coat of paint to a surface; the action of colouring or staining something; (occasionally) an instance of this. Also figurative.
b. The colouring of the face or body for cosmetic purposes; (occasionally) an instance of this. Now rare except as an extended use of sense 2a.face-painting: see face n. Compounds 2.
c. Computing. The filling of (part of) a display screen with a particular colour.
3. The result of applying paint; the fact or quality of being painted; colouring; pictorial decoration. Also: the relative condition of something as regards paint (frequently with modifying adjective).
4. figurative. Chiefly literary. Depiction in words, representation in vivid language; (occasionally) an instance of this. In later use frequently with explicit allusion to the literal sense.See also word painting n.
† painting colour n. Obsolete
painting machine n.
painting stone n.
painting cloth n. (a) Obsolete. rare = painted cloth n.; (b) a piece of cloth designed or prepared for an artist to paint on; (c) a large piece of cloth used as a protective covering for furniture, etc., while a room is being painted.
painting root n. British (now rare) the plant corn gromwell, Lithospermum arvense, the root of which was formerly used to produce a red colouring matter.
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