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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Inside, however, visitors find themselves in a different world: Narga Selassie’s walls are covered with religious paintings illustrating Old and New Testament stories and a few saintly narratives. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A True Island Sanctuary," 8 Feb. 2019 This miniature painting shines with brilliant intensity. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 Similar patterns are engraved in other artifacts from the cave, and the hashtag design was produced widely over the past 100,000 years in rock art and paintings, Henshilwood said. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Earliest human drawing discovered in South African cave," 13 Sep. 2018 Community residents lease space for bridal showers, birthday and painting parties, or networking events. Valerie Russ, Philly.com, "Part safe space, part beacon, West Philly's Urban Art Gallery 'bridges the gap between violence and peace'," 11 July 2018 The New Times says Crenshaw's paintings are colorful mosaics that often featured eyes. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "A man with no arms stabbed a tourist in Florida, police say," 11 July 2018 With a collection of over 500 pieces of paintings, sculptures, and more, the hotel is essentially its own modern art museum. Allie Weiss, ELLE Decor, "5 Midcentury-Modern Landmarks You Need to See in the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2018 In the royal collection — which is composed of paintings, photographs, portraits, tapestries, gems, and jewels from their tours and ventures around the world — the Queen possesses an impressive amount of jewels, brooches, tiaras, and so much more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Look at How Queen Elizabeth Has Amassed Such a Large Net Worth," 26 July 2018 Live entertainment includes a reptile show at 4 p.m. July 21, plus face painting, balloon twisting and musical performances by local, regional and national groups throughout the event. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Water fights, parade still going strong at 73rd annual Alpine Fest," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of painting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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