Dictionary: PAINT – PAL'A-TA-BLY

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  1. A coloring substance; a substance used in painting, either simple or compound; as, a white paint, or red paint.
  2. Color laid on canvas or other material; color representing any thing. – Pope. Addison.
  3. Color laid on the face; rouge. – Young.

PAINT, v.i.

  1. To lay colors on the face. It is said the ladies in France paint.
  2. To practice painting. The artist paints well.

PAINT, v.t. [Fr. peindre, peignant, peint; L. pingo, pictus; Sp. pintar; It. pignere or pingere, to throw, to push, to paint. The elements are probably Pg or Pk, as in fingo, fictus.]

  1. To form a figure or likeness in colors; as, to paint a hero or a landscape.
  2. To cover or besmear with color or colors, either with or without figures; as, to paint a cloth; to paint a house.
  3. To represent by colors or images; to exhibit in form. When folly grows romantic, we must paint it. – Pope.
  4. To represent or exhibit to the mind; to present in form or likeness to the intellectual view; to describe. Disloyal! / The word is too good to paint out her wickedness. – Shak.
  5. To color; to diversify with colors. – Spenser.
  6. To lay on artificial color for ornament. Jezebel painted her face and tired her head. – 2 Kings ix.


  1. Colored; rubbed over with paint; as, a painted house or cloth.
  2. Represented in form by colors.
  3. Described.


One whose occupation is to paint; one skilled in representing things in colors.

PAINT'ER, n.2 [qu. Ir. painter, a snare, that which holds.]

A rope used to fasten a boat to a ship or other object. – Mar. Dict.


  1. The art of forming figures or resembling objects in colors on canvas or other material, or the art of representing to the eye by means of figures and colors, any object of sight, and sometimes the emotions of the mind. – Encyc.
  2. A picture; a likeness or resemblance in colors. – Shak.
  3. Colors laid on. – Shak.


Representing in colors; laying on colors.


A female who paints.

PAINT'URE, n. [Fr. peinture.]

The art of painting. – Dryden.

PAIR, n. [Fr. pair; L. Sp. and Port. par; It. pari; Arm. par; D. paar; G. par, paar; Sw. par; Norm. par or peir; Ir. peire; Sax. gefera, with a prefix. In W. par signifies what is contiguous or in continuity, a state of readiness or preparedness, a pair, fellow, match or couple, and para signifies to endure, to continue, to persevere; paru, to couple or join. In this language, as in Spanish, par, pair, is shown to be connected with the L. paro, to prepare. Now in Heb. Ch. Syr. and Eth. חבר signifies to join, couple, or associate, and the noun, an associate, evidently this very word, which goes far to prove that חבר is a derivative of the root ברא, from which the Latins probably have paro. See Class Br, No. 19. The primary sense of the root is to throw, strain and extend, and hence par, equal, is extended to, near, contiguous, or equally extended.]

  1. Two things of a kind, similar in form, applied to the same purpose, and suited to each other or used together; as, a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes; a pair of oxen or horses.
  2. Two of a sort; a couple; a brace; as, a pair of nerves; a pair of doves. – Luke ii.

PAIR, v.i.

  1. To be joined in pairs; to couple; as, birds pair in summer.
  2. To suit; to fit; as a counterpart. Ethelinda, / My heart was made to fit and pair with thine. – Rowe.

PAIR, v.t.1

  1. To unite in couples; as, minds paired in heaven. – Dryden.
  2. To unite as correspondent, or rather to contrast. Glossy jet is paired with shining white. – Pope.

PAIR, v.t.2

To impair. [See Impair.]

PAIR'ED, pp.

Joined in couples; fitted; suited.

PAIR'ING, ppr.

Uniting in pairs; fitting.

PAIR-OFF, v.i.

To separate and depart from a company in pairs or couplets.

PAL'ACE, n. [Fr. palais; L. palatium; It. palazzo; Sp. palacio; G. pfalz, whence pfalzgraf, palsgrave; W. pâls; Russ. palata.]

  1. A magnificent house in which an emperor, a king or other distinguished person resides; as, an imperial palace; a royal palace; a pontifical palace; a ducal palace.
  2. A splendid place of residence; as, the sun's bright palace. – Addison.


The domestic court of the kings of Great Britain, which administers justice between the king's domestic servants. It is held once a week before the steward of the household and knight marshal; its jurisdiction extending twelve miles in circuit from his majesty's palace. – Blackstone.

PA-LA'CIOUS, a. [from palace.]

Royal; noble; magnificent. [Not used.] – Graunt.


A knight errant.

PAL-AN-KEEN', or PAL-AN'QUIN, n. [In Hindoo, palkee, apparently from Sans. paluk, a couch. But it accords better with Sp. and It. palanca, a pole, Port. palanque.]

A covered carriage used in India, China, &c., borne on the shoulders of men, and in which a single person is conveyed from place to place.

PAL'AT-A-BLE, a. [from palate.]

  1. Agreeable to the taste; savory. – Addison.
  2. That is relished.


The quality of being agreeable to the taste; relish. – Aikin.

PAL'A-TA-BLY, adv.

In a palatable manner; agreeably.