—n. 1. a visual representation of a person, object, or scene, as a painting, drawing, photograph, etc.: I carry a picture of my grandchild in my wallet. 2. any visible image, however produced: pictures reflected in a pool of water. 3. a mental image: a clear picture of how he had looked that day. 4. a particular image or reality as portrayed in an account or description; depiction; version.
5. a tableau, as in theatrical representation.
6. See motion picture. 7. pictures,Informal(older use). movies.
8. a person, thing, group, or scene regarded as resembling a work of pictorial art in beauty, fineness of appearance, etc.: She was a picture in her new blue dress. 9. the image or perfect likeness of someone else: He is the picture of his father. 10. a visible or concrete embodiment of some quality or condition: the picture of health. 11. a situation or set of circumstances: the economic picture. 12. the image on a computer monitor, the viewing screen of a television set, or a motion-picture screen.
—v.t. 1. to represent in a picture or pictorially, as by painting or drawing.
2. to form a mental picture of; imagine: He couldn't picture himself doing such a thing. 3. to depict in words; describe graphically: He pictured Rome so vividly that you half-believed you were there. 4. to present or create as a setting; portray: His book pictured the world of the future.