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English noun: picture

1. picture (artifact) a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

SamplesThey showed us the pictures of their wedding.
A movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them.

Synonymsicon, ikon, image

Broader (hypernym)representation

Narrower (hyponym)bitmap, CAT scan, chiaroscuro, collage, computer graphic, cyclorama, diorama, echogram, electronic image, foil, graphic, iconography, inset, likeness, montage, panorama, reflection, reflexion, scan, semblance, sonogram, transparency

2. picture (artifact) graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface

SamplesA small painting by Picasso.
He bought the painting as an investment.
His pictures hang in the Louvre.


Broader (hypernym)graphic art

Narrower (hyponym)abstraction, cityscape, daub, distemper, finger-painting, icon, ikon, illumination, landscape, miniature, monochrome, mural, nude, nude painting, oil painting, pentimento, sand painting, seascape, semi-abstraction, still life, tanka, trompe l'oeil, wall painting, water-color, water-colour, watercolor, watercolour, waterscape

3. picture (cognition) a clear and telling mental image

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymsimpression, mental picture

Broader (hypernym)image, mental image

4. picture (state) a situation treated as an observable object

SamplesThe political picture is favorable.
The religious scene in England has changed in the last century.


Broader (hypernym)situation, state of affairs

5. picture (communication) illustrations used to decorate or explain a text

SamplesThe dictionary had many pictures.

Synonymspictorial matter

Broader (hypernym)illustration

6. picture (communication) a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

SamplesThey went to a movie every Saturday night.
The film was shot on location.

Synonymsfilm, flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture show

Broader (hypernym)product, production, show

Narrower (hyponym)3-D, 3D, cinema verite, collage film, coming attraction, docudrama, documentary, documentary film, feature, feature film, film noir, final cut, home movie, infotainment, musical, musical comedy, musical theater, rough cut, shoot-'em-up, short subject, silent movie, silent picture, silents, skin flick, slow motion, talkie, talking picture, telefilm, three-D

Part holonymcaption, credit, credits, episode, scene, sequence, shot, subtitle

Domain category membersdub, film, reshoot, shoot, synchronise, synchronize, take, tape, videotape

7. picture (communication) the visible part of a television transmission

SamplesThey could still receive the sound but the picture was gone.


Broader (hypernym)visual communication

Part meronymtelecasting, television, TV, video

8. picture (communication) a graphic or vivid verbal description

SamplesToo 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.

Synonymscharacterisation, characterization, delineation, depiction, word picture, word-painting

Broader (hypernym)description, verbal description

Narrower (hyponym)epithet, portrait, portraiture, portrayal

9. picture (cognition) a typical example of some state or quality

SamplesThe very picture of a modern general.
She was the picture of despair.

Broader (hypernym)exemplification, typification

10. picture (artifact) a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

Synonymsexposure, photo, photograph, pic

Broader (hypernym)representation

Narrower (hyponym)arial mosaic, beefcake, black and white, blowup, blueprint, cheesecake, closeup, daguerreotype, enlargement, frame, glossy, headshot, hologram, holograph, longshot, magnification, microdot, monochrome, mosaic, mug shot, mugshot, photocopy, photographic print, photomicrograph, photomosaic, print, radiogram, radiograph, scene, shadowgraph, shot, shot, skiagram, skiagraph, snap, snapshot, spectrogram, spectrograph, stereo, stereoscopic photograph, stereoscopic picture, still, telephoto, telephotograph, telephotograph, time exposure, vignette, wedding picture

English verb: picture

1. picture (creation) imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

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

Synonymsenvision, fancy, figure, image, project, see, visualise, visualize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine

Verb grouprealise, realize, see, understand, visualise, visualize

2. picture (creation) show in, or as in, a picture

SamplesThis scene depicts country life.
The face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting.

Synonymsdepict, render, show

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)interpret, represent

Narrower (hyponym)illustrate, map

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

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