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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun painting:


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Definition of the noun painting

What does painting mean as a name of something?

Painting is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: paintings

  1. graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface
    • examples: a small painting by Picasso | he bought the painting as an investment
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of painting: picture
    • more generic term: graphic art = the arts of drawing or painting or printmaking
    • more specific terms:
  2. creating a picture with paints
    • example: he studied painting and sculpture for many years
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: art / artistic creation / artistic production = the creation of beautiful or significant things; beaux arts / fine arts = the study and creation of visual works of art
    • more specific terms:
      • distemper = a method of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water and a binder
      • fresco = a durable method of painting on a wall by using watercolors on wet plaster
      • impasto = painting that applies the pigment thickly so that brush or palette knife marks are visible
      • oil painting = the art or method of painting with oil paints
      • water-colour / water-color / watercolour / watercolor = the art or technique of painting with watercolors
  3. the act of applying paint to a surface
  4. the occupation of a house painter
    • example: house painting was the only craft he knew
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of painting: house painting
    • more generic words: craft / trade = the skilled practice of a practical occupation
    • part of: building / construction = the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones

Alternative definition of the noun painting


  1. [countable] An illustration or artwork done with the use of paint(s).
  2. [uncountable] The action of applying paint to a surface.
  3. [uncountable] The same activity as an art form.

Phrases with Painting

Phrases starting with the word Painting:

  1. Painting Rocks
  2. Painting by Numbers

Phrases ending with the word Painting:

  1. oil painting
  2. Cave painting
  3. face painting
  4. nude painting
  5. sand painting
  6. Sofa painting
  7. wall painting
  8. word-painting
  9. genre painting
  10. house painting
  11. spray painting
  12. action painting
  13. Finger Painting
  14. finger-painting
  15. landscape painting
  16. Sculptured Painting
  17. Electrostatic Painting

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Painting

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Google previewKevin R. Brine (2006)

The Porch of the Caryatids : Drawings, Paintings, and Sculptures

Painting is the special province of the ambiguous, a site where there are no fixed rules or what rules there are are continually being...

Painting is a site where multiple, hybrid, and contradictory languages can exist simultaneously, where visual ...

Google previewDouble Rhythm (2014)

Writings About Painting by Jean HŽlion

Painting is a language,” Jean Hélion writes, at the end of one of the articles included inthisvolume.

Google previewPainting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy (1988)

A Primer in the Social History of Pictorial Style by Michael Baxandall

A FIFTEENTH-CENTURY painting is the deposit of a social relationship. On one side there was a painter who made the picture, or at least supervised its making. On the other side there was somebody else who asked him to make it, provided ...

Google previewPhotographic Times (1890)

An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Interests of Artistic and Scientific Photography

Painting is a technical process perfectly capable of rigid definition and we can say with absolute certainty that the sun can neither paint nor draw. It cannot design, to give the widest meaning to the term which we will employ, and prevent Mr.

Google previewUntwisting the Serpent (2000)

Modernism in Music, Literature, and Other Arts by Daniel Albright

For Kandinsky, an abstract painting is a hieroglyph, not legible in the sense that the spectator can reduce it to words, but legible in...

Google previewHawthorne on Painting (2013)

by Charles W. Hawthorne

Painting is a matter of impulse, it is a matter of getting out to nature and having some joy in registering it. If you are not going to get...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Oil Painting Techniques (2002)

by Jeremy Galton

SUPPORTS suitable for those who like to apply paint thinly, with sable brushes, and a practical advantage is that it can be cut easily into any shape, either before or after painting (there are artists who consistently paint on triangular, hexagonal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Comparative Iconography (2013)

Themes Depicted in Works of Art by Helene E. Roberts

Aertsen, Pieter, Peasant Feast, painting, 1550, Vienna, Austria, Kunsthistorisches Museum Aertsen, Pieter, Peasant Company, painting, 1556, Antwerp, Belgium, Museum Mayer van den Berg Heemskerck, Maerten van, Three Estates, ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (2013)

Volume 23: Folk Art by Carol Crown, Cheryl Rivers, Charles Reagan Wilson

Decorative interior painting is an art form that is integrally tied to architecture. Wood-grained, marbled, sponged, stenciled, trompe l'oeil, and scenic painting have been used historically, as today, to brighten interiors. As with other art forms , the ...

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Small photo of 7 years old girl painting the wall at home, Instagram style toningSmall photo of Young man painting window at home, closeupSmall photo of Young worker painting wall in roomSmall photo of repair, building and home concept - close up of male in gloves holding painting rollerSmall photo of Close up paintbrush in hand and painting on the wooden table. Retro and vintage styleSmall photo of Pretty blond woman painting the face of a little girlSmall photo of Painting wood. More...

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Quotes about Painting

You know, the way art history is taught, often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same. (Chuck Close)
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Scrabble value of P3A1I1N1T1I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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