1 [mass noun] a coloured substance which is spread over a surface and dries to leave a thin decorative or protective coating:a tin of paint [count noun]:bituminous paints [count noun] an act of painting something:the house looked in need of a good paint informal cosmetic make-up:one has false curls, another too much paint Computing the function or capability of producing graphics, especially those that mimic the effect of real paint: [as modifier]:a paint program 2North American a piebald horse: [as modifier]:a paint mare
3 [in singular] Basketball the rectangular area marked near the basket at each end of the court:the two players jostled in the paint 1cover the surface of (something) with paint: [with object and complement]:the ceiling was painted dark grey (as adjective, with submodifier painted)a brightly painted caravan apply cosmetics to (the skin): she couldn’t have been more than fourteen but her face was thickly painted apply (a liquid) to a surface with a brush.
(paint something out
) obliterate something with paint:the markings on the plane were hurriedly painted out
2depict (someone or something) or produce (a picture) with paint:I painted a woman sitting next to a table lamp he paints landscapes and portraits give a description of:the city is not as bad as it is painted Computing create (a graphic or screen display) using a paint program: the program enables you to paint images on your screen
3display a mark representing (an aircraft or vehicle) on a radar screen: flying behind hills lessens the enemy’s ability to paint you with radar