paint

Paint is a liquid, colored substance you can use to decorate or protect a surface. If you want your bedroom walls to be bright purple, you need to buy some purple paint.

Artists use paint to create landscapes, portraits, and other styles of paintings, and house painters use paint to coat and protect the wood siding on houses. When you paint, you make a painting, or cover something with paint: "First I'm going to paint your portrait, and after you paint that wall in your kitchen, we can hang it there." When someone "paints the town red," they don't literally paint anything — they just go on a celebratory spree.

Primary Meanings of paint

1.
nv
a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating
make a painting
2.
n
(basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court
Full Definitions of paint
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n a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating

“artists use ` paint' and `pigment' interchangeably”
Synonyms:
pigment
Types:
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acrylic, acrylic paint
used especially by artists
antifouling paint
a paint used to protect against the accumulation of barnacles etc. on underwater surfaces
coat of paint
a layer of paint covering something else
distemper
paint made by mixing the pigments with water and a binder
enamel
a paint that dries to a hard glossy finish
encaustic
a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application
finger paint, fingerpaint
paint that has the consistency of jelly
house paint, housepaint
paint used to cover the exterior woodwork of a house
oil paint
paint in which a drying oil is the vehicle
semigloss
a paint that dries with a finish between glossy and flat
spray paint
paint applied with a spray gun
water-base paint
paint in which water is used as the vehicle
calcimine
a water-base paint containing zinc oxide and glue and coloring; used as a wash for walls and ceilings
casein, casein paint
a water-base paint made with a protein precipitated from milk
finish coat, finishing coat
the final coat of paint
flat coat, ground, primer, primer coat, priming, priming coat, undercoat
the first or preliminary coat of paint or size applied to a surface
latex, latex paint, rubber-base paint
a water-base paint that has a latex binder
oil, oil color, oil colour
oil paint containing pigment that is used by an artist
poster color, poster colour, poster paint, tempera
pigment mixed with water-soluble glutinous materials such as size and egg yolk
wash
a thin coat of water-base paint
water-color, water-colour, watercolor, watercolour
a water-base paint (with water-soluble pigments); used by artists
Type of:
coat, coating
a thin layer covering something
color, coloring material, colour, colouring material
any material used for its color

n makeup consisting of a pink or red powder applied to the cheeks

Synonyms:
blusher, rouge
Type of:
make-up, makeup, war paint
cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance

v make a painting

“he painted all day in the garden”
“He painted a painting of the garden”
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finger-paint
apply colors with one's fingers
stipple
apply (paint) in small dots or strokes
bodypaint
apply paint to a body
fresco
paint onto wet plaster on a wall
distemper
paint with distemper
charge
place a heraldic bearing on
fill in, shade
represent the effect of shade or shadow on
stipple
make by small short touches that together produce an even or softly graded shadow, as in paint or ink
watercolor, watercolour
paint with watercolors
crosshatch
shade with multiple crossing lines
Type of:
create
pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity

v make a painting of

“He painted his mistress many times”
Types:
repaint
paint again
Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

v apply paint to; coat with paint

“We painted the rooms yellow”
Types:
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grain
paint (a surface) to make it look like stone or wood
repaint
paint again
airbrush
paint with an airbrush
ground, prime, undercoat
cover with a primer; apply a primer to
Type of:
coat, surface
put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

v apply a liquid to; e.g., paint the gutters with linseed oil

Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
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n (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different color from the rest of the court

“he dominates play in the paint
Synonyms:
key
Type of:
space
an area reserved for some particular purpose

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