paint·​ing | \ ˈpān-tiŋ How to pronounce painting (audio) \

Definition of painting

1 : a product of painting especially : a work produced through the art of painting
2 : the art or occupation of painting

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They hung the painting in the living room. The woman in that painting is my grandmother. I like painting more than sculpture. He is studying abstract painting. She wants to devote all her time to painting. The room is ready for painting.
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Recent Examples on the Web The floor tile is by Granada Tile, the pendant is original, and the painting is by Sam Durant. Janelle Zara, ELLE Decor, "How One Designer Lovingly Preserved a 1920s L.A. Mansion," 17 Feb. 2021 Oddly, the sister painting that also defines this exhibition is iPhone 11 (2019-20). Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "From Buddha to the iPhone: Artist casts a wide net to explore metaphysics at the Modern," 16 Feb. 2021 The installation emphasizes the painting’s gemlike power and gives it an almost sacred aura. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art’s revelatory “Stories from Storage’’ exhibit brings hidden gems into the light," 7 Feb. 2021 The Pink House’s current owners undertook an extensive restoration from 2016-2017, including refinishing the pine floors, updating the kitchen, and refreshing the exterior painting. Linda Laban,, "That pretty pink house on Martha’s Vineyard has hit the market," 31 Jan. 2021 There are 10 areas around the painting that warranted particularly close inspection, however, and scans from those regions are even more intense. Popular Science, "Check out this 10-billion-pixel, 3D panorama of an iconic painting," 25 Jan. 2021 Just a few weeks after the sale, Ashcroft sold the painting for a profit. May Jeong, Town & Country, "Inside the Art Scandal that Rocked European Society," 24 Jan. 2021 The president and First Lady Jill Biden received the painting in the Capitol Rotunda—the same room overtaken by an angry mob just two weeks earlier. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Joe Biden’s ‘Poignant’ Inaugural Painting," 22 Jan. 2021 The discovery was made when Naples police working on a bigger operation found the painting hidden in an apartment. Star Tribune, "Book by teen Biden pal to be released," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of painting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of painting was in the 13th century

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25 Feb 2021

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“Painting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of painting

: a picture that is painted : a picture made by putting paint on a canvas, board, etc.
: the art or act of making pictures using paint
: the activity of painting houses, walls, etc.


paint·​ing | \ ˈpān-tiŋ How to pronounce painting (audio) \

Kids Definition of painting

1 : a work of art made with paint
2 : the art or occupation of creating pictures with paint

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