pigment

noun
pig·​ment | \ ˈpig-mənt How to pronounce pigment (audio) \

Definition of pigment

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a substance that imparts black or white or a color to other materials especially : a powdered substance that is mixed with a liquid in which it is relatively insoluble and used especially to impart color to coating materials (such as paints) or to inks, plastics, and rubber
2 : a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue also : any of various related colorless substances

pigment

verb
pig·​ment | \ ˈpig-ˌment How to pronounce pigment (audio) , -mənt\
pigmented; pigmenting; pigments

Definition of pigment (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to color with or as if with pigment

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Other Words from pigment

Noun

pigmentary \ ˈpig-​mən-​ˌter-​ē How to pronounce pigmentary (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for pigment

Synonyms: Noun

color, colorant, coloring, dye, dyestuff, stain

Synonyms: Verb

bepaint [archaic], color, dye, paint, stain, tincture, tinge, tint

Antonyms: Verb

decolorize

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Examples of pigment in a Sentence

Noun

Chlorophyll is a group of green pigments. Melanin is a pigment that gives color to skin and fur. Albinos lack normal skin pigment. Pigments are used to give color to paint, ink, and plastic. Red pigment is mixed into the ink.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Aside from the subtle swipes of poppy across lids, cheeks, and eyes, Hutton's look was largely unfiltered, offering a juxtaposition to the show's graphic, eye-level applications of pigment and glitter. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "At 75, Lauren Hutton Hits the Valentino Couture Runway—And Proves Natural Beauty Has No Age Limit," 3 July 2019 The light is passed on to a special white pigment that helps create an electrical current. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "These paintings create voltage. And this Indianapolis artist uses black beans to do it.," 19 July 2019 In addition to her treasures and servants, Puabi was interred with her makeup, including a silver box that contained kohl, a black pigment used as eyeliner. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 Once used to indicate social status, the indigo pigment is a stark contrast to the surrounding desert and looks particularly magical at night. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Though Kim's eyes are covered in a metallic fuchsia pigment—since this is an ad for eyeshadow, after all. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chicago West Is The Star of Kim Kardashian's New Makeup Campaign," 26 Oct. 2018 What cracked the case, Rieppi says, was the presence of a synthetic blue pigment that wasn’t available until 1997. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "The Science of Uncovering Forged Paintings," 17 Sep. 2018 Today, scientists are exploring the unlikely the cause of the green blood: a pigment that typically kills. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Green-Blooded Lizards Live With a Pigment That Should Kill Them," 20 May 2018 Ochre is most commonly defined by archaeologists as any iron-rich rock that can be used as a pigment. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Pigment of Our Imagination," 23 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Eyestudio Master Precise All Day Liquid Eyeliner Maybelline New York amazon.com $8.00 SHOP IT Maybelline’s classic liners are super pigmented and delivers a bold line in just one stroke. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner Like a Pro: A Fast and Easy Guide," 26 July 2019 And as always, the shadows are pigmented and easy to work with. Glamour, "Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette Is the Best of All the Nakeds," 3 Apr. 2019 Their scales are so deeply pigmented that the deep purple remains even during the preservation process, when color is usually lost. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "A fish called Wakanda: New purple fish honors 'Black Panther'," 11 July 2019 Its undulating form is made from an orange pigmented shotcrete, a type of concrete that sprays from a hose onto formwork. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Concrete desert retreat mimics surrounding mountains and dunes," 12 June 2019 Additional videos showed swatches of the makeup, detailing how pigmented the colors truly are. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Announced Its Summer Collection," 4 May 2019 My Fenty foundation lasts all day and literally makes me look like the goth girl next door, and Juvia’s Place has pigmented blushes and shadows that aren’t chalky and actually show up on my skin tone. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "10 Goths of Color on Their Beauty Routines and the Power of Representation," 22 May 2019 Are your eyeshadows pigmented enough to show up on my skin tone? Jackie Aina, Glamour, "Jackie Aina Is Changing the Beauty Industry, One Product at a Time," 7 Dec. 2018 The metallics are super metallic, and the mattes appear to be just as pigmented as Huda promised. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Huda Beauty Is Relaunching the Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of pigment

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pigment

Noun

Middle English, spice, dye, from Latin pigmentum coloring substance, from pingere to paint — more at paint

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The first known use of pigment was in the 14th century

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pigment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pigment

: a natural substance that gives color to animals and plants
: a substance that gives color to something else

pigment

noun
pig·​ment | \ ˈpig-mənt How to pronounce pigment (audio) \

Kids Definition of pigment

1 : a substance that gives color to other materials Red pigment is mixed into the ink.
2 : natural coloring matter in animals and plants

pigment

noun
pig·​ment | \ ˈpig-mənt How to pronounce pigment (audio) \

Medical Definition of pigment

: a coloring matter in animals and plants especially in a cell or tissue also : any of various related colorless substances

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