painting

noun
paint·​ing | \ˈpān-tiŋ \

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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Synonyms for painting

Synonyms

canvas (also canvass), oil, oil painting

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Examples of painting in a Sentence

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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Give them gifts that allow them to come back down to reality and live in the present moment, such as a plant to take care of, watercolor painting supplies, or a book to overcome their constant anxiety. Alice Bell, Vogue, "The Best Gifts for Every Astrological Sign on Your List," 26 Nov. 2018 Ida's paintings are more geometric in their technique, and her most iconic series is of lighthouses. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Dallas in November 2018," 12 Nov. 2018 Still lifes have a long tradition, from Renaissance paintings to all those composed grain bowls flooding Instagram. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 Those are generally multi-piece jobs that require hours of prep work and painting. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "This Halloween, use a 3D-printed prop to complete your last-minute costume," 27 Oct. 2018 There is an acrylic painting that looks like an emerald by a South African artist, Kurt Pio, whose dealer is in New Orleans. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "A New York Pied-à-terre Filled with Rich Colors, Layered Patterns and Upholstered Surfaces," 19 Oct. 2018 Trump had instead leaned into painting anyone who isn’t a white man—or an especially fervent supporter of white men—as an antagonist. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018 Rooms are often centered around a focal point, like a fireplace or oil paintings. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Design," 12 Oct. 2018 After that this painting was left in storage for decades. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Art Museum acquired Frida Kahlo’s 'Suicide' painting," 13 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for painting

painting

noun

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.

painting

noun
paint·​ing | \ˈpān-tiŋ \

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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