From Middle English peynten, from Old French peintier, paincter, itself from paint, the past participle of paindre, from Latin pingō (“to paint”) (perfect passive participle pictus). Displaced native Old English tēafor (“paint”) and *tīefran (“to paint”).
paint (countable and uncountable, plural paints)
- 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.
- (in the plural) A set of containers or blocks of paint of different colors/colours, used for painting pictures.
- 2007, Jesse Guthrie, Catherine's Addiction, page 116:
- René went back into the kitchen and put a pot of coffee on, got out his paints and started on a new painting. He felt inspired.
- (basketball, slang) The free-throw lane, construed with the.
- The Nimrods are strong on the outside, but not very good in the paint.
- 2013 December 12, “JV Dogs suffer first loss, 47-41”, in Martinez (California) News-Gazette:
- Early on it was the Bulldogs who were clearly the aggressors, playing hard in the paint and getting baskets with muscle more than with their shooting prowess.
- 2016 April 20, “Hawks not giving Celtics anything in the paint”, in Comcast SportsNet New England:
- Isaiah Thomas is very clever, very crafty getting to the paint and finishing in the paint.
- 2016 May 22, “Renewed defensive strategy has Raptors alive in conference finals”, in USA TODAY:
- In Game 3, they re-focused on protecting the paint and transition defense. The Cavs scored 106 points in the paint in the first two games and just 20 in Game 3.
- (uncountable, paintball, slang) Paintballs.
- I am running low on paint for my marker.
- (poker, slang) A face card (king, queen, or jack).
- (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.
- (uncountable) Makeup.
- 2012, Caleb Pirtle & Shelly Marshall, Other Voices, Other Towns: The Traveler's Story:
- They were as plain and homely as a table-top dancer when the rains had wiped the paint and powder from her face.
- (uncountable, slang) Tattoo work.
- Synonym: ink
- (dated) Any substance fixed with latex to harden it.
- The appearance of an object on a radar screen.
- 1973, International Conference on Radar--Present and Future, 23-25 October, 1973, page 203:
- Smaller target paints would also be preferred to those displayed on the existing DFTI.
paints: set of containers or blocks of paints of different colours
- Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. →ISBN
paint (third-person singular simple present paints, present participle painting, simple past and past participle painted)
- (transitive) To apply paint to.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter I, in The China Governess: A Mystery, London: Chatto & Windus, →OCLC:
- 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.
- (transitive) To apply in the manner that paint is applied.
- (transitive, medicine) To apply with a brush in order to treat some body part.
- (transitive) To cover (something) with spots of colour, like paint.
- c. 1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act IV, scene ii]:
- not painted with the crimson spots of blood
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Loues Labour’s Lost”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- Cuckoo buds of yellow hue / Do paint the meadows with delight.
- (transitive) To create (an image) with paints.
- to paint a portrait or a landscape
- (intransitive) To practise the art of painting pictures.
- I've been painting since I was a young child.
- (transitive, graphical user interface) 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.
- (transitive, figuratively) To depict or portray.
- She sued the author of the biography, claiming it painted her as a duplicitous fraud.
- 1598–1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “Much Adoe about Nothing”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene ii]:
- Disloyal? / The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.
- 1735, Alexander Pope, “Epistle II. To a Lady.”, in The Works of Mr. Alexander Pope, volume II, London: […] J. Wright, for Lawton Gilliver […], →OCLC, lines 15–16, page 62:
- VVhether the Charmer ſinner it, or ſaint it, / VVhen Folly grovvs romantic, vve muſt paint it.
- (intransitive) To color one's face by way of beautifying it.
- c. 1599–1602 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene i]:
- Let her paint an inch thick.
- (transitive, military, slang) To direct a radar beam toward.
- "We'll paint the target for the flyboys," the JTAC said.
to apply paint to
to apply in the manner of paint
medicine: to apply with a brush in order to treat some body part
to create an image
to practise the art of painting pictures
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- “paint”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “paint”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
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