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painted Tweet Definition of painted Like Definition of painted on Facebook
verb 
  1. Past tense and past participle of to paint.
     
palette Tweet Definition of palette Like Definition of palette on Facebook
noun 
  1. A thin board on which a painter lays and mixes colours.
  2. The range of colors in a given work or item or body of work.
     
palette knife Tweet Definition of palette knife Like Definition of palette knife on Facebook
noun 
  1. In painting, a small, edge-less, more or less flexible steel blade used to mix paint on a palette and sometimes to apply paint to a surface.
     
passage Tweet Definition of passage Like Definition of passage on Facebook
noun 
  1. A paragraph or section of text or music with particular meaning.
of scripture
She struggled to play the difficult passages.
  1. Part of a path or journey.
He made his through the trees carefully, mindful of the stickers.
  1. A movement in classical dressage, in which the horse performs a very collected, energetic, and elevated trot that has a longer period of suspension between each foot fall than a working trot
  2. An official agreement of a bill or act by a parliament.
The company was one of the prime movers in lobbying for the of the act.
  1. An artistic term describing use of tight brushwork to link objects in separate spatial plains. Commonly seen in Cubist works.
  2. Shortened form of passageway
  3. (slang, lang=en) a vagina
     
pastille Tweet Definition of pastille Like Definition of pastille on Facebook
noun 
  1. A soft flavoured candy.
  2. A medicinal pill, originally compressed herbs. A throat pastille is a large candy-like lozenge, which, when sucked, releases oils to soothe a sore throat and sometimes vapors to help unblock the nose or sinuses.
  3. A small granular half Spheroid piece of material.
     
pastoral Tweet Definition of pastoral Like Definition of pastoral on Facebook
noun 
  1. A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.
  2. Music: A cantata relating to rural life; a composition for instruments characterized by simplicity and sweetness; a lyrical composition the subject of which is taken from rural life. Moore
  3. Ecclesiastics: A letter of a pastor to his charge; specifically, a letter addressed by a bishop to his diocese; also (Prot. Epis. Ch.), a letter of the House of Bishops, to be read in each parish.
adjective 
  1. Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.
Quotations
  • He wanders west as far as Memphis, a solitary migrant upon that flat and landscape. - 1985 w:Cormac McCarthy?, McCarthy?, w:Blood Meridian, Blood Meridian, chapter 1.
    1. Relating to the care of souls, or to the pastor of a church; as, pastoral duties; a pastoral letter.
     
pencil Tweet Definition of pencil Like Definition of pencil on Facebook
noun 
  1. (obsolete) A paintbrush.
  2. Writing utensil that uses graphite (commonly referred to as lead). Regular pencils usually have a graphite shaft surrounded by wood. A pencil sharpener is used to cut away the wood and leave a fine tip on the pencil. Also available in a mechanical version where the graphite length can be adjusted and sharpening is not needed.
verb 
  1. to squeeze something (meeting, feature, appointment, etc.) into a tight schedule
I am very busy today but I can you in at 3 p.m.
  1. to tentatively make a booking
     
Pennsylvania Dutch Tweet Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch Like Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The Amish; those people of German origin who settled in the Pennsylvania area prior to 1800.
  2. Their language.
     
perspective Tweet Definition of perspective Like Definition of perspective on Facebook
noun 
  1. A view, vista or outlook.
  2. The appearance of depth in objects, especially as perceived using binocular vision.
  3. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface.
  4. The choice of a single point of view from which to sense, categorize, measure or codify experience.
     
pictorial Tweet Definition of pictorial Like Definition of pictorial on Facebook
noun 
  1. a newspaper or magazine with many pictures
  2. (stamp-collecting) a stamp featuring a vignette of local scenery or culture.
adjective 
  1. of, relating to, composed of, or illustrated by pictures
  2. described or otherwise represented as if in a picture; graphic or vivid
     
picture plane Tweet Definition of picture plane Like Definition of picture plane on Facebook
noun 
  1. In art, the imaginary plane correspondent with the physical surface of a drawing, painting or print.
     
pique Tweet Definition of pique Like Definition of pique on Facebook
noun 
  1. A cotton fabric, figured in the loom, " used as a dress goods for women and children, and for vestings, etc.
  2. The jigger.
  3. A feeling of hurt, vexation, or resentment, awakened by a social slight or injury; irritation of the feelings, as through wounded pride; stinging vexation.
  4. A remark, usually witty, made in a social situation and intended to slight someone else.
  5. Keenly felt desire; a longing.
  6. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
verb (piqu, ing)
  1. (transitive) To wound the pride of; to sting; to nettle; to irritate; to fret; to offend; to excite to anger.
  2. (transitive) To excite to action by causing resentment or jealousy; to stimulate; to prick; as, to pique ambition, or curiosity.
  3. (transitive) To pride or value; " used reflexively.
  4. (transitive) To cause annoyance or irritation.
     
plane Tweet Definition of plane Like Definition of plane on Facebook
noun 
  1. (geometry) A flat surface extending infinitely in all directions.
  2. A level of existence. (eg, astral plane)
  3. A roughly flat, thin, often moveable structure used to create lateral force by the flow of air or water over its surface, found on aircraft, submarines, etc.
verb (plan, ing)
  1. (transitive) To smooth (wood) with a plane.
adjective 
  1. Of a surface: Perfectly flat or level.
     
point Tweet Definition of point Like Definition of point on Facebook
noun 
  1. A location or place.
  2. (geometry) A zero-dimensional mathematical object representing a location in one or more dimensions.
  3. A particular moment in an event or occurrence.
At this point in the meeting, I'd like to propose a new item for the agenda.
  1. The sharp tip of an object.
  2. A peninsula.
  3. (arithmetic) A decimal point (used when reading decimal fractions aloud).
10.5 ("ten point five"; = ten and a half)
  1. An opinion which adds (or supposedly adds) to the discussion.
  2. A unit of measure of success or failure in a game or competition; the unit of score, scoring.
The one with the most points will win the game
Germany awarded Greece the maximum 12 points in the Eurovision Song Contest.
  1. The color/colour on the extremities of an animal (typically darker or richer) than the rest of the coat).
The point color of that cat was a deep, rich sable.
  1. (rail transport, Commonwealth) a device by which trains change tracks; switch
  2. (cricket) a fielding position square of the wicket on the off side, between gully and cover.
  3. The position at the front or vanguard of an advancing force.
    • 2005: Willie Jones decided to become Kimani Jones, Black Panther, on the day his best friend, Otis Nicholson, stepped on a mine while walking during a sweep in the central highlands. " Martin Torgoff, Can't Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 189)
    • (nautical) An angle equivalent to eleven and a quarter degrees, that is 1/32 of a circle. Most commonly used to indicate a relative bearing to an object or vessel, but can be used to describe a compass bearing.
verb 
  1. (intransitive) To extend the index finger in the direction of something in order to show where it is or to draw attention to it.
It's rude to at other people.
  1. (transitive) To direct or encourage (someone) in a particular direction
If he asks for food, him toward the refrigerator.
     
pointillism Tweet Definition of pointillism Like Definition of pointillism on Facebook
noun 
  1. In art, the use of small areas of color to construct an image.
     
polychrome Tweet Definition of polychrome Like Definition of polychrome on Facebook
adjective 
  1. Executed in the manner of polychromy; as, polychrome printing.
     
polyptych Tweet Definition of polyptych Like Definition of polyptych on Facebook
noun 
  1. A work consisting of multiple painted or carved panels joined together, often with hinges
     
Pompeian red Tweet Definition of Pompeian red Like Definition of Pompeian red on Facebook
noun 
  1. (colour) a red colour, tinted with orange, like that of the houses of Pompeii.
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predella Tweet Definition of predella Like Definition of predella on Facebook
noun 
  1. A raised step near the base of a christian altar.
  2. A series of carvings or paintings on this step, often forming a narrative.
     
printmaking Tweet Definition of printmaking Like Definition of printmaking on Facebook
noun 
  1. The field of art concerned, roughly, with the transferal of ink or paint from a plate or block or through a screen mesh to paper.
     
Prussian blue Tweet Definition of Prussian blue Like Definition of Prussian blue on Facebook
noun 
  1. (chemistry) an insoluble dark, bright blue pigment of KFeFe?(CN)6,H2O, potassium ferrous ferricyanide
  2. (colour) a moderate to rich blue colour, tined with deep greenish blue.
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