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 for painting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Paint \Paint\ (p[=a]nt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Painted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Painting.] [OE. peinten, fr. F. peint, p. p. of
     peindre to paint, fr. L. pingere, pictum; cf. Gr. poiki`los
     many-colored, Skr. pi[,c] to adorn. Cf. Depict, Picture,
     Pigment, Pint.]
     1. To cover with coloring matter; to apply paint to; as, to
        paint a house, a signboard, etc.
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              Jezebel painted her face and tired her head. --2
                                                    Kings ix. 30.
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     2. Fig.: To color, stain, or tinge; to adorn or beautify with
        colors; to diversify with colors.
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              Not painted with the crimson spots of blood. --Shak.
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              Cuckoo buds of yellow hue
              Do paint the meadows with delight.    --Shak.
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     3. To form in colors a figure or likeness of on a flat
        surface, as upon canvas; to represent by means of colors
        or hues; to exhibit in a tinted image; to portray with
        paints; as, to paint a portrait or a landscape.
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     4. Fig.: To represent or exhibit to the mind; to describe
        vividly; to delineate; to image; to depict; as, to paint a
        political opponent as a traitor.
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              Disloyal?
              The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.
                                                    --Shak.
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              If folly grow romantic, I must paint it. --Pope.
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     Syn: To color; picture; depict; portray; delineate; sketch;
          draw; describe.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Painting \Paint"ing\, n.
     1. The act or employment of laying on, or adorning with,
        paints or colors.
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     2. (Fine Arts) The work of the painter; also, any work of art
        in which objects are represented in color on a flat
        surface; a colored representation of any object or scene;
        a picture.
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     3. Color laid on; paint. [R.] --Shak.
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     4. A depicting by words; vivid representation in words.
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     Syn: See Picture.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  painting
      n 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"; "his
           pictures hang in the Louvre" [syn: painting, picture]
      2: creating a picture with paints; "he studied painting and
         sculpture for many years"
      3: the act of applying paint to a surface; "you can finish the
         job of painting faster with a roller than with a brush"
      4: the occupation of a house painter; "house painting was the
         only craft he knew" [syn: painting, house painting]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  52 Moby Thesaurus words for "painting":
     acrylic painting, aquarelle, calcimining, canvas, coating,
     coloring, covering, drawing, easel-picture, enameling,
     encaustic cerography, encaustic painting, finger painting,
     flower painting, fresco, fresco painting, genre painting, gilding,
     glazing, glossing, gouache, graphic artist, graphic arts, graphics,
     grisaille, illumination, illustration, impasto, japanning,
     monochrome, mural painting, oil, oil painting, photography,
     picturization, portraiture, poster painting, priming, printing,
     printmaking, relief-carving, shellacking, staining, stippling,
     tempera, the brush, undercoating, varnishing, wash, wash drawing,
     water, whitewashing
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PAINTING, n.  The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and
  exposing them to the critic.
      Formerly, painting and sculpture were combined in the same work: 
  the ancients painted their statues.  The only present alliance between
  the two arts is that the modern painter chisels his patrons.
  

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