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Usage statistics for the noun picture:

spoken English44.71%written English55.29% conversational speech53.38%task-oriented speech46.62%

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

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Picture is sometimes a misspelling of pictures or pitcher.

The word picture is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun picture

What does picture mean as a name of something?

Picture is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: pictures

  1. a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
    • example: they showed us the pictures of their wedding
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of picture: icon / ikon / image
    • more generic word: representation = a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
    • more specific terms:
      • electronic image / bitmap = an image represented as a two dimensional array of brightness values for pixels
      • chiaroscuro = a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
      • collage / montage = a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image
      • transparency / foil = picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base
      • computer graphic / graphic = an image that is generated by a computer
      • iconography = the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject
      • inset = a small picture inserted within the bounds or a larger one
      • semblance / likeness = picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
      • cyclorama / panorama / diorama = a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
      • reflection / reflexion = the image of something as reflected by a mirror
      • CAT scan / scan = an image produced by scanning
      • echogram / sonogram = an image of a structure that is produced by ultrasonography
  2. graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface
  3. a clear and telling mental image
    • examples: he described his mental picture of his assailant | he had no clear picture of himself or his world
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of picture: impression / mental picture
    • more generic terms: image / mental image = an iconic mental representation
  4. a situation treated as an observable object
    • example: the political picture is favorable
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of picture: scene
    • more generic terms: situation / state of affairs = the general state of things
  5. illustrations used to decorate or explain a text
    • example: the dictionary had many pictures
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of picture: pictorial matter
    • more generic word: illustration = artwork that helps make something clear or attractive
  6. a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
  7. the visible part of a television transmission
  8. a graphic or vivid verbal description
  9. a typical example of some state or quality
    • examples: the very picture of a modern general | she was the picture of despair
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: exemplification / typification = a representational or typifying form or model
  10. a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide or in digital format

Alternative definition of the noun picture


  1. A representation of anything (as a person, a landscape, a building) upon canvas, paper, or other surface, by drawing, painting, printing, photography, etc.
  2. An image; a representation as in the imagination.
  3. A painting.
  4. A photograph.
  5. [informal] A motion picture.
  6. [dated, informal] ["the pictures"] Cinema (as a form of entertainment)
  7. A paragon, a perfect example or specimen (of a category).

Definition of the verb picture

What does picture mean as a doing word?

Picture is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: pictured | picturing | pictures

  1. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
  2. show in, or as in, a picture

Alternative definition of the verb picture


  1. [transitive] To represent in or with a picture.
  2. [transitive] To imagine or envision.
  3. [transitive] To depict.


Picture is one of the first Dutch heavy metal bands. Formed in 1979, they were especially popular in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy for their live performances, and still have a fan base in South America, Mexico and Japan.

  • genres: Heavy metal, Hard rock
  • albums: "1", "Heavy Metal Ears", "Eternal Dark", "Traitor", "Every Story Needs Another Picture", "Marathon", "Diamond Dreamer", "Picture", "Diamond Dreamer / Picture I", "Eternal Dark / Heavy Metal Ears"
  • official website:


  1. "Picture" is a song by American singer Kid Rock, co-written and originally recorded with Sheryl Crow. The song is taken from Kid Rock's album Cocky. It was released as a single by Kid Rock featuring Allison Moorer on November 12, 2002. It was the first song for the artists to be nominated for Vocal Event of The Year at the 2003 Country Music Association awards.
    • also known as Picture (long version), Picture (long version edit)
    • music by Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
    • award: - Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the Year nomination for Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow
  2. "Picture" is the debut album by British progressive rock band Kino.
  3. "Picture" is a musical album by Kid Rock and Allison Moorer.
  4. "Picture" is a musical album of ALvino.
    • released on
  5. "Picture" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  6. "Picture" is a musical album of Picture.
    • released on (33 years ago)
  7. "Picture" is a musical EP of Endstand.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  8. "Picture" is a composition.


"Picture" is a 2009 short documentary film directed by Stephen French.


  1. Picture a.k.a. Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface. The medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush but other implements, such as knives, sponges, and airbrushes, can be used.
    • also known as Cuadro, Obra, Tela, Quadro, Opera, Tableau, Obraz, Slika, Картина, Glezna, Schilderij, Malba, Maľba, Tranh, Gemälde, 绘画
  2. Picture: In combinatorial mathematics, a picture is a bijection between skew diagrams satisfying certain properties, introduced by Zelevinsky in a generalization of the Robinson–Schensted correspondence and the Littlewood–Richardson rule.
  3. Picture: In superstring theory, each state may be represented in many ways, depending on how the ground state is defined. Each representation is called a picture, and is denoted by a number, such as 0 picture or −1 picture.

Phrases with Picture

Phrases starting with the word Picture:

  1. Picture Box
  2. picture hat
  3. picture book
  4. picture card
  5. picture rail
  6. picture show
  7. picture tube
  8. picture frame
  9. picture plane
  10. Picture Sorts
  11. picture palace
  12. picture taking

Phrases ending with the word Picture:

  1. Big Picture
  2. word picture
  3. x-ray picture
  4. Bigger Picture
  5. memory picture
  6. mental picture
  7. motion picture
  8. moving picture

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Picture

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Google previewShape, Contour and Grouping in Computer Vision (1999)

by David A. Forsyth, Joseph L. Mundy, Vito di Gesu, Roberto Cipolla

For example, we might take a large number of pictures of sunsets and estimate P( big red blob|picture is a sunset) by a frequency estimate. This number could be interpreted either as a statement of expected frequencies, or as a “degree of ...

Google previewWord & Image in Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures (2009)

by Michael Meyer

Picture is a Silent Talker” (Apagya) African Studio Photography in the English Classroom GISELA FEURLE Prologue N THE PLAY “Sizwe Bansi is dead” by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Ntshona, first performed in South Africa in ...

Google previewTough Questions - Christians' Answers (2008)

by Jack Clark


Google previewNominalism and Its Aftermath: The Philosophy of Nelson Goodman (2009)

by Dena Shottenkirk

Thus through metaphorical exemplification, the picture refers to sadness. The picture is an instance of representation and denotation, and it is also an instance of exemplification and expression. This instantiation is not an ontological relation, ...

Google previewGalaxy Formation (2007)

by Malcolm Longair

The preferred picture is that these supernovae result ...

Google previewOxford Picture Dictionary Monolingual (American English) dictionary for teenage and adult students (2015)

by Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Norma Shapiro

Ask questions about the picture(s) on the page. 3. Present the New Vocabulary Research shows that it is best to present no more than 5–7 new words at a time. Here are a few presentation techniques: ...

Google previewPicture Dictionary ALPHABET _ A (2017)

by ManPari eBook Series

Picture Dictionary ALPHABET SERIES...

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Usage statistics about picture

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun picture:

spoken English44.71%written English55.29% conversational speech53.38%task-oriented speech46.62%

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


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb picture:


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Quotes about Picture

A picture of hope
in dreams of peace
A picture of peace
in hopes and dreams

A picture of love
in all our dreams

A picture
We all need to dream (Dave Alan Walker)
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Scrabble value of P3I1C3T1U1R1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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