A pic is a photo or a snapshot. When you're visiting the Statue of Liberty, you might hand your camera to a stranger and ask if they'll take your pic.

Use the informal pic as a slang term for picture. Your selfie-obsessed friend might insist on snapping pics of himself everywhere he goes, while your grandma might proudly show of the pics of her grandchildren she keeps in her wallet. You can also call a movie a pic. This word might sound fairly modern, but it's been around since the 1880s — not too long after photography was invented.

Definitions of pic

n a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

exposure, photo, photograph, picture
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a photograph of a muscular man in minimal attire
black and white, monochrome
a black-and-white photograph or slide
photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.
a photograph of an attractive woman in minimal attire
a photograph taken at close range
a photograph made by an early photographic process; the image was produced on a silver plate sensitized to iodine and developed in mercury vapor
blowup, enlargement, magnification
a photographic print that has been enlarged
a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film
a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper
a photograph of a person's head
hologram, holograph
the intermediate photograph (or photographic record) that contains information for reproducing a three-dimensional image by holography
a photograph taken from a distance
photograph reduced to the size of a dot (usually for purposes of security)
arial mosaic, mosaic, photomosaic
arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
mug shot, mugshot
a photograph of someone's face (especially one made for police records)
a photographic copy of written or printed or graphic work
photographic print, print
a printed picture produced from a photographic negative
a photograph taken with the help of a microscope
radiogram, radiograph, shadowgraph, skiagram, skiagraph
a photographic image produced on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light (especially by X-rays or gamma rays)
shot, snap, snapshot
an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
spectrogram, spectrograph
a photographic record of a spectrum
stereo, stereoscopic photograph, stereoscopic picture
two photographs taken from slightly different angles that appear three-dimensional when viewed together
a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)
telephoto, telephotograph
a photograph made with a telephoto lens
a photograph transmitted and reproduced over a distance
time exposure
a photograph produced with a relatively long exposure time
a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
wedding picture
photographs of bride and groom and their friends taken at their wedding
scene, shot
a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
moving or still pictures in contrasting colors that appear three-dimensional when superimposed
a radiogram produced by radiation emitted by the specimen being photographed
a photograph from which the background has been cut away
a photocopy made on a Photostat machine
a trial photographic print from a negative
radiophoto, radiophotograph
a photograph transmitted by radio waves
X ray, X-ray, X-ray photograph, X-ray picture, roentgenogram
a radiogram made by exposing photographic film to X rays; used in medical diagnosis
visible speech
spectrogram of speech; speech displayed spectrographically
a scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film
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a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

n a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

film, flick, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, picture, picture show
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a movie that is made to be shown on television
feature, feature film
the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
final cut
the final edited version of a movie as approved by the director and producer
home movie
a film made at home by an amateur photographer
collage film
a movie that juxtaposes different kinds of footage
coming attraction
a movie that is advertised to draw customers
a movie featuring shooting and violence
short subject
a brief film; often shown prior to showing the feature
docudrama, documentary, documentary film, infotainment
a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
cinema verite
a movie that shows ordinary people in actual activities without being controlled by a director
film noir
a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
skin flick
a pornographic movie
rough cut
the first print of a movie after preliminary editing
silent movie, silent picture, silents
a movie without a soundtrack
slow motion
a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate
talkie, talking picture
a movie with synchronized speech and singing
3-D, 3D, three-D
a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
musical, musical comedy, musical theater
a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
Western, horse opera
a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
animated cartoon, cartoon, toon
a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
a short film and commentary about current events
a short pornographic film shown in a small coin-operated booth
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product, production
an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

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