picture has definitions from the fields of fine art,psychology,television,film,performing arts
[ noun ] a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface


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

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(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

I am sure that nothing within me is capable of composing that life-like sequence , so complete in_detail , from the hodge-podge of news pictures I have seen .

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

The `` moving '' picture of the train or the wave coming at the audience is , to_be_sure , more intense than a still picture of the same subject , but the difference is really one of degree ; the cinematic element of time is merely used to increase the realism of an object which would still be reasonably realistic in a still photo .

The `` moving '' picture of the train or the wave coming at the audience is , to_be_sure , more intense than a still picture of the same subject , but the difference is really one of degree ; the cinematic element of time is merely used to increase the realism of an object which would still be reasonably realistic in a still photo .

(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)

In some instances a different clinical disease picture may result from this route of exposure , making diagnosis difficult .

(Clement Greenberg, "Collage" in his Art and...)

Rather than being deceived , the eye is puzzled ; instead of seeing objects in space , it sees nothing more than - a picture .

[ noun ] (fine art) graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface




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

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(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

It resembles , too , pictures such_as Du^rer and Bruegel did , in which all that looks at_first to be solely pictorial proves on inspection to be also literary , the representation of a proverb , for_example , or a deadly_sin .

(Frederick Mosteller et al., Probability with...)

Each person votes for one of a pair of pictures to receive a popular prize .

Voting for one picture may be called `` success '' , for the other `` failure '' .

The table shows that 0.6 of the boys and 0.6 of the girls vote for picture A .

Therefore , under independent voting , * * f or 0.36 of the couples would cast two votes for picture A , and * * f or 0.16 would cast two votes for picture B .

[ noun ] a clear and telling mental image


"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"

Used in print

(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

On_the_contrary , even in the heart of `` the Bible_belt '' itself , as can be attested by any one who is called to work there , the industrial and technological_revolutions have long been under_way , together with the corresponding changes in man 's picture of himself and his world .

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

Since arriving here , however , I have formed a far different religious picture of present-day England .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

That parallelism affects his picture of man 's disobedience too ; for as it was Christ , the Word_of_God , who came to rescue man , so it was disobedience to the word_of_God in_the_beginning that brought death into the world , and all our woe .

This applies to his picture of Adam .

(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)

Although there is no question but that the process of washing fabrics involves a number of phenomena which are related together in an extremely complicated way and that these phenomena and their interrelations are not well understood at the present , this section attempts to present briefly an up-to-date picture of the physical_chemistry of washing either fabrics or hard surfaces .

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[ noun ] a situation treated as an observable object




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

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(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

But it must be readily seen that the religious picture in England has so greatly changed during these hundred years as to engender hope , at_least on the Catholic side .

In representing part of this new picture , I will be recounting some of my own personal experiences , reactions and judgments ; but my primary aim is to transcribe what Englishmen themselves are saying and writing and implying about the Roman and Anglican_Churches and about the present religious state of England .

(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)

In plasma generators the superimposed forced convection may modify the picture somewhat .

(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)

His thirteenth chapter includes many exciting accounts of huge serpents with prodigious strength , but these seem to be given to complete his picture , not to be believed .

(Robert A. Futterman, The Future of Our Cities....)

Telephone_orders distort the picture :

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[ verb ] imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind


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

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(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

They 've worried , they 've lain_awake nights , they 've shook at the slightest footstep , they 've pictured their own destruction , and now it 's all over and they can give_up .

[ verb ] show in, or as in, a picture


show depict render


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

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(James J. Maguire, "A Family Affair"...)

The pattern here pictured is clearly not peculiar_to Notre_Dame : it is simply that the paradox involved in_this kind_of control of the institution by `` the organization which actually owns '' it , becomes more obvious where there is a larger and more distinguished `` outside '' faculty .

(Frank Murphy, "New Southern Fiction: Urban or Ag...)

It is clear that , while most writers enjoy picturing the Negro as a woolly-headed , humble old agrarian who mutters `` yassuhs '' and `` sho ' nufs '' with blissful deference to his white employer ( or , in Old_South terms , `` massuh '' ) , this stereotype is doomed to become in_reality as obsolete as Caldwell 's Lester .

[ noun ] (television) the visible part of a television transmission




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

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(Walter H. Buchsbaum, "Advances in Medical Electronics"...)

The result is a color picture of the specimen where the primary colors correspond to the three different ultraviolet wavelengths .

Where the microscope under visible_light may show only vague shadows or nothing at_all , ultraviolet_illumination and subsequent translation into a color TV picture reveal a wealth of detail .

The total picture is only seen by the camera which integrates the many sector scans over the entire 90 - degree rotation period .

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[ noun ] illustrations used to decorate or explain a text




"the dictionary had many pictures"

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Friends , a picture magazine distributed by Chevrolet dealers , describes a paramilitary_organization of employees of the Gulf_Telephone_Company at Foley , Alabama .

(The Christian Science Monitor,...)

One of the script 's big problems was how to blend pictures and music of the past with live performances by musicians of today .

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[ noun ] (film,performing arts) a form of entertainment that enacts a story by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement


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

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(The Providence Journal...)

Loew_'s_Theater presents `` Where_the_Boys_are '' , an MGM picture produced by Joe_Pasternak and directed by Henry_Levin from a screenplay by George_Wells .

(Robert L. Duncan, The Voice of Strangers....)

`` I would like to enact a little tableau this afternoon '' , Rector said , He explained about the visit and the effect he wished to create , the picture of a very busy mission .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

`` Oh '' , said the woman , `` I 've seen that picture already '' .

[ noun ] a graphic or vivid verbal description


"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"

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(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)

Not enough to do away with all doubts , but sufficient to give a fairly accurate picture of the events of the voyage .

(Hugh Kelly and Ted Ziehe, "Glossary Lookup Made Easy"...)

A more detailed description of dictionary operations - text lookup and dictionary modification - give a clearer picture .

[ noun ] (psychology) a typical example of some state or quality


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

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