(noun, verb)


1. graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface

- a small painting by Picasso

- he bought the painting as an investment

Similar word(s): picture

Definition categories: man–made

2. creating a picture with paints

- he studied painting and sculpture for many years

Definition categories: act, art

3. the act of applying paint to a surface

- you can finish the job of painting faster with a roller than with a brush

Definition categories: act, application, coating, covering

4. the occupation of a house painter

- house painting was the only craft he knew

Definition categories: act, craft, trade

Sentences with painting as a noun:

- The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings.

- Artistic painting often takes longer than utilitarian house &c. painting.

- Some artists, like Michelangelo, excel in both painting and sculpture.


1. present participle of paint