paint

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From Middle English, from Old French paincter, itself from paint, the past participle paindre, from Latin pingō (to paint) (perfect passive participle pictus).

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paint (countable and uncountable, plural paints)

  1. A substance that is applied as a liquid or paste, and dries into a solid coating that protects or adds color/colour to an object or surface to which it has been applied.
  2. (in the plural) A set of containers or blocks of paint of different colors/colours, used for painting pictures.
  3. (basketball, slang) The free-throw lane, construed with the.
    The Nimrods are strong on the outside, but not very good in the paint.
  4. (uncountable, paintball, slang) Paintballs.
    I am running low on paint for my marker.
  5. (poker, slang) A face card (king, queen, or jack).
  6. (computing, attributive) Graphics drawn using an input device, not scanned or generated.
    • 1993, Emil Ihrig, CorelDRAW! 4 made easy
      It combines traditional paint capabilities with photograph enhancement features.
    • 1998, Kit Laybourne, The animation book: a complete guide to animated filmmaking
      Computer paint software operates similarly but adds features that are delightfully familiar and useful to artists trained in traditional graphics materials.
    • 2001, Maureen Sprankle, Problem Solving for Information Processing
      If using a paint package, you must specify the color before you draw the line or shape.

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paint (third-person singular simple present paints, present participle painting, simple past and past participle painted)

  1. (transitive) To apply paint to.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess[1]:
      The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. To display them the walls had been tinted a vivid blue which had now faded, but the carpet, which had evidently been stored and recently relaid, retained its original turquoise.
  2. (transitive) To apply in the manner that paint is applied.
  3. (transitive) To cover (something) with spots of colour, like paint.
    • Shakespeare
      not painted with the crimson spots of blood
    • Shakespeare
      Cuckoo buds of yellow hue / Do paint the meadows with delight.
  4. (transitive) To create (an image) with paints.
    to paint a portrait or a landscape
  5. (intransitive) To practise the art of painting pictures.
    I've been painting since I was a young child.
  6. (transitive, computing) To draw an element in a graphical user interface.
    • 1991, Ernest R Tello, Object-oriented Programming for Windows
      Sent to a minimized window when the icon's background must be filled before it is painted.
  7. (transitive, figuratively) To depict or portray.
    She sued the author of the biography, claiming it painted her as a duplicitous fraud.
    • Shakespeare
      Disloyal? / The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.
    • Alexander Pope
      If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
  8. (intransitive) To color one's face by way of beautifying it.
    • Shakespeare
      Let her paint an inch thick.

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paint

  1. present participle of pair